The First Line

How does your novel start? Is the first line memorable? Does it grab the attention of the reader? In my debut novel, a psychological thriller, “It Can’t Be You” I wanted to start by telling the reader about an important event that had taken place in as concise and impactful manner as I could. The result:” The man was dead.” Continue reading “The First Line”

NaNoWriMo 2011- An Update

You may have noticed it. I did too. I hadn’t realized that I haven’t blogged for a week now. The reason is obvious. It is that time of the year! I have been totally engrossed in the National Novel Writing Month.  NaNoWriMo 2011 is as exciting as previous years for me. I have got off  a bright start. In the first five days, I have completed 14, 500 words of my novel. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo 2011- An Update”

End of a Chapter

In the old days, a chapter was a kind of milestone  or guidepost, if you will, in the novel. It sort of led you from one major point to another, often depicting sequential events in time or points of view of different characters in the story. They were fairly long and usually of varying length. Recently, I came across a very different treatment of what I imagined chapters would be in James Patterson’s “Cross Country

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The Value of Editing

Yay! I have just finished NaNoWriMo 2010 having reached 50,000 words for my novel “Lucky For Some, Thirteen”. I recognize that the novel is far from being complete though I have much to celebrate about. I have finished the first step- that of writing the foundation of the novel. Typically, novels in the genre I write in of thrillers/mysteries should be of at least 70,000-80,000 words.

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