Start Your Novel: Six Winning Steps Toward a Compelling Opening Line, Scene and Chapter

Start Your Novel: Six Winning Steps Toward a Compelling Opening Line, Scene and Chapter

by Darcy Pattison

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You want to write a novel, but you don't know where to start. You have a great idea and--well, that's all. This book explains the writing process of starting a novel in six winning steps.

Starting the Journey
Why Editors Focus on Page 1
STEP ONE: Clarify Your Idea
STEP TWO: Review Your Skills
STEP THREE: Plan the Opening Chapter
STEP FOUR: Plan the Opening Line
STEP FIVE: Now, Write!
STEP SIX: Revise

Writing teacher and author, Darcy Pattison, is the author of NOVEL METAMORPHOSIS: Uncommon Ways to Revise and How to Write a Children's Picture Book. She brings extensive experience in teaching writing to this exciting new book and helps you get started with the creative writing process.

NaNoWriMo? You need this book in October to help you plan what to write in November!

29 Plot Templates
2 Essential Writing Skills
100 Examples of Opening Lines
7 Weak Openings to Avoid
4 Strong Openings to Use
3 Assignments to Get Unstuck
7 Problems to Resolve

The Math adds up to one thing: a publishable manuscript.

Other books by Darcy Pattison

Novel Metamorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise
The Book Trailer Manual
How to Write a Children's Picture Book

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016679143
Publisher: Mims House
Publication date: 06/05/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 100
File size: 490 KB

About the Author

Author, blogger, and writing teacher Darcy Pattison ( has been published in eight languages. Recent nature books for children include: WISDOM, THE MIDWAY ALBATROSS, first place winner in the Children’s Picture Book category of the 2013 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, and a Starred Review in Publisher’s Weekly; DESERT BATHS, an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book 2013, and PRAIRIE STORMS ( She travels the U. S. teaching a novel revision retreat using her workbook, NOVEL METAMORPHOSIS: Uncommon Ways to Revise. Other ebooks for writers include How to Write a Children’s Picture Book, and The Book Trailer Manual. Darcy Pattison is the 2007 recipient of Arkansas Governor’s Arts Awards for her work in Children’s Literature.

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