- To sell a paranormal in a crowded market, you must find your twist--the thing that makes your world unique.
- Characters must be in conflict with the world and themselves
- Pinpoint the conflict between a character's personality and their situation
- Readers (including agents and publishers) won't care about plot until you make them care about the characters.
- To build sexual tension, give the characters a big conflict--a reason why they can't get together. When they do get together, don't let it be smooth sailing--give them more problems to overcome.
- The weather, people brooding about their families, people brooding about being lonely--these are NOT good openers.
- Open with interesting conflict, not back story.
- The opening action must pay off.
- Write strong threads into your opening to give yourself something to build on.
- Figure out what your character dreads--and do it to them.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Insights from the Conference
Here are just a few notes from Angie Fox's wonderful class. If you have a chance to take a class with Angie or hear her speak, grab it--it will be very valuable!