Monday, January 23, 2012

Page 1...

Okay, so back to the Miami conference... According to speaker Donna Jo Napoli, there are a few things that a first page just can't live without:
(1) introduce the main character
(2) introduce the main character's problem, or at least something that will lead to the problem
(3) introduce the "hook" - what kind of story it is - a buddy story? a story about school?
(4) introduce the tone of the book - Scary? start with a creepy sentence. Sassy? start with snappy dialouge

Bottom line: Hit the ground running!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Catherine! Saw your blog on the fb page. I was sorry to miss the miami conference, but hope to be at the Orlando one. Those are good first page reminders!
    Nice to meet you. :)