by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther The inciting event is a critical part of the story. It is the defining moment where your protagonist is drawn into the core conflict. Its placement will vary depending on what genre you write and how much setup is needed beforehand, but one thing holds consistent, it always happens somewhere in… Continue reading How to Put Your Inciting Event in the Proper Location
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Beginnings need to cover a lot of material in a short space of time. We need to introduce the characters and their world, the story needs to be set up, the plot needs to be set in motion. And we only have a handful of chapters to do it. That’s a… Continue reading Does Your Novel Have a Strong Beginning?
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Your opening scene is the deciding factor in whether people read your book or not. If it doesn’t capture your reader’s attention in the first couple pages, more than likely, they’ll put your book down and go find another. With the speed of today’s world, people no longer have the time… Continue reading How to Create a Strong Opening Scene
by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Whether to have a prologue or not is a debate for many writers. Nowadays its usage is not as common as it used to be. The opinion among writers today is the prologue is unnecessary and detracts from the story. Readers’ attention spans are getting shorter as technology develops and the… Continue reading How to Know When to Keep a Prologue