Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Start Here

What am I reading now? An Unlikely Match (Sarah Eden)
Annd . . . what do I think so far?  I think I've said it before, but this is one of my favorite authors! She writes lovable, witty, funny characters in situations that seem impossible to reconcile, with surprising twists that bind the characters all together into a story that will stay with you long after you close the cover on the last page. This book is not an exception either. I definitely recommend it!

In this story, Nickolas Pritchard, a penniless Englishman, inherits a fortune and an ancestral home in Wales. Upon taking possession, he finds the resident ghost, Gwen, who has been bound there for four hundred years, gives the final word on what will be acceptable in the home--and it's best for everyone not to cross her. Over days and weeks an attraction between them grows.
How can a man and a ghost have a happily ever after?

Start Here
Wouldn't it be great if, when we wrote novels, we knew right where the beginning of the story was, and equally great, if we knew where the ending was? I know it seems like something that should be obvious. But it's not. There is no magical story map that takes your characters and story concept and identifies the start, end and important plot points in between.

Here's some advice I've been given (more than once and by different people, so it seems like it might be good):

Start on the day when everything is different
Start when your character must make a life changing decision
Start when your character is avoiding a change

Ultimately, story is about change, starting with the need for change and ending when change has been completed.

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