Although her blog is titled Screenwriter Tips and she is the author of Screenwriting Tips for Authors (and Screenwriters), Alex is also the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker, Anthony, and Black Quill Award-nominated author of supernatural thrillers and other fiction.
In reading through a bunch of thriller ebooks, Alex noted this:
There was something I was noticing in book after book that I
started and then discarded last night that was just a structural error that
could so easily have been fixed to - I think - increase the number of people
who would want to keep reading. It's pretty simple, really.
I couldn't figure out what the book was about.
Or why I should care, either.
Sound familiar? She notes the following (there’s a lot more about each item on her post, this is just a listing of the things she discusses):
Reading a bunch of first chapters in a row points out a lot
of common errors, actually.
1. Inexperienced writers almost inevitably START THEIR STORIES IN THE WRONG PLACE.
2. NEVER MIND THE FUCKING BACKSTORY!!!!!
3. IDENTIFY THE SENSATION AND EXPERIENCE YOU WANT TO EVOKE IN YOUR READER – AND THEN MAKE SURE YOU’RE EVOKING IT.
4. USE ALL SIX SENSES.
5. SHOW, DON’T TELL.
6. DETAIL THE INTERNAL DRIVES OF YOUR CHARACTER AND SET THE GENRE.
You may find her discussion useful. I did.
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