This is like planting a garden and watering it. Get your materials and put them in a handy place in your bedroom. Start writing something small, four lines maybe, not a book or anything. This is just a playground for ideas.
OK, enough of that. You all have four weeks with no writing class, but I hope you take some of that time to read. And to read closely. Jeff Goins puts it this way in his online article Why Writers Need to Read if They Want to Be Good:
Our class this week was the last of our spring term. The summer term starts June 1, and in light of that, in today’s class, in addition to the reading of student work, we talked about a number of resources available either online or in book form. -
Here it means the inciting incident happened not long before you opened that first page and now the adventure or drama is on.
You must build tension. Things must happen to and involving your key characters that put them at risk. The longer you can make that tension last or build new reasons for tension, the more un-put-downable will your story be.
Secondly, the first character the reader usually meets is the protagonist, the main character, and you must show the reader things about this person that makes them want to know more. Is she sobbing at her desk? Is he running down the street? Is he in a fight? Or on the phone?
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