How to Start my BookWhat do I do to start my book?
Starting your book in the right place
As a book coaches, my job is to help authors create the best book they can: I' ve created a number of articles to help you create a really great section so that you can take these lectures and use them in all your work.
To start a great first book section, you have to start at the right place. They have two major ways of misunderstanding: they have pages and pages preparing for the narrative - they warm themselves up to it, lay the foundation, tell us everything we need to know to know to know about it, and when they start to tell their stories, they have already misplaced us.
All we need is none of that at the beginning of a narrative. All we want is for something to happen NOW, in history, in near-realtime, right now. and we want to know what's in it for us NOW. This means we need to know whose history it is, what is important to her on a deeper spiritual plane, what is at risk, what she has to loose and what keeps her awake at first.
In terms of the background storyline, it should be seen not just as "what comes before the storyline begins", but as everything that comes before the storyline begins, which makes this individual what they are. Therefore, backstories should not be supplied in lumps, because that is not its natures; they should be intrinsic to the storyline itself, and they should be supplied as the characters move and speak and think and remember, and as they make up their minds about what is about them.
All we need is none of that at the beginning of a book. Which we can win by reading this book. It' your work to give us cause for concern. However, in the non-fiction book (well, actually also in fiction) we want to have the feeling that we are in the hand of an author.
If you write literature, memoirs or non-fiction, if you're afraid that you've even just written a single section of your own history, let alone a page or an entire section. Find the place where your history or book REALLY begins and just start there, with trust and credibility.
Stories begin the minute their importance in the characters own lifes (or in our own when we are a readers of non-fiction) can no longer be ignored. Things happen - okay, yes, we can see that - but we don't understand it. Makes us uncomfortable.
We' come to history to experience what it's like to be in someone else's shoes - even if it's James Bond or Jason Bourne or Batman. One can have all sorts of high dramas, but at the beginning of a narrative we want to know why we should worry about what brings us back to exactly the same items we talked about above.
When you open with the dialog, let's not guesswork what we're readin'; give it sub-text and text. When you show us the "before" or "after" in scenes or stories, make sure we know what we are going to read and why we should take it. When you open with the dialog, let's not guesswork what we're readin'; give it sub-text and text.
Their history begins the minute we start to worry, but it's difficult to worry about when we have no clue what's going on.