You’re on a roll! You started out the year with a bang and have made great progress in your manuscript. You took Rachel Hauck’s advice and placed butt in chair. You actually feel like an author. Right now, you are in a very vulnerable place that could completely derail your career. Know why? You’ve accomplished so much, it’s easy to stop. To take a break. To pull over and park for a while, but this is the exact time in your career when you should NOT do that. Here’s why: You have MOMENTUM! Here’s what that means to you: M: Motion. Pure in simple, a writer who is in motion tends to stay in motion. Period. O: Obvious. Writing principles and precepts have become second nature to you. M: Meaningful. […]Read the RestDoes your book need an extreme book makeover? Check out our premium membership with a Free Trial!
At the beginning of a novel, a character starts out in his identity – who he thinks he is. By the end of the story, if you’ve developed the story correctly, he ends up in his essence – who he really is.Read the RestDoes your book need an extreme book makeover? Check out our premium membership with a Free Trial!
I shop for groceries at a market that offers discount prices. Most of the food items aren’t brand name. Patrons bring their own bags or buy them at checkout. In order to use a shopping cart, you need to pay a quarter, but you receive your quarter back once you return the cart. The cashiers are efficient in scanning groceries because they are timed per transaction. This lessens gossiping with customers and co-workers that slow down lines. As I was packing my own groceries into my cloth bags, I thought about the efficiency of the store that allows me to get in and out with a month’s worth of groceries (yes, a month) in less than an hour. Carts aren’t left in the parking lot. Shelves are stocked daily by […]Read the RestDoes your book need an extreme book makeover? Check out our premium membership with a Free Trial!
I watched the Oscars last night. (Best. Oscars. Ever. #OscarTwitterPic #PizzaDelivery)
I’d only seen one of the movies in the Best Picture category – Gravity. In fact, I saw it this weekend, in our home theater, where I think I only breathed twice in an hour. Terrifying, in a non-horror-film, wow-I-never-want-to-be-there way.
The story, in a nutshell, is about a scientist who is working on the space shuttle – specifically OUTSIDE the shuttle in a spacewalk – when, due to a crazy set of circumstances — she gets untethered and thrown into space. Her quest is to somehow get back to earth.
It’s an amazing movie – the special effects will blow your mind.
And, it’s a great example of starting a movie with just the right amount of PIPE.
Pipe is the distance between the first sentence and the Noble Quest. As an author, you’re opening the faucet of your story, and the pipe is how long it takes for it to start spilling out. The shorter the pipe, the sooner your reader receives the benefit of the story.
However, many authors suffer from Too Much Pipe Syndrome, or the belief that they must tell their reader everything about their main character before the story starts for the reader to enjoy the story. Another way to put it is they start their story way too early.Read the RestDoes your book need an extreme book makeover? Check out our premium membership with a Free Trial!