Novel Week 5b

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Novel Writing 1 Week 5 In this lesson we will cover: Lead Lines Writing the first paragraph Helpful Hints Introducing Your Story: Writing Your First Paragraph The Writing Loft I think I write fiction for the opportunity to get beyond the limits of my own life. Wally Lamb

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Lead Lines Ways to create an outstanding lead The Writing Loft Intrigue Mystery Action Dialogue Emotion Reflection Attitude Handout

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Lead Lines C lassic lead line Rules The Writing Loft “In the town, there were two mutes and they were always together.” - Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Lead lines never tell you what the story is about. They don’t even hint. Hook the reader first, explain later. A lead line is designed to hook the reader first Lead Line Handout

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Helpful Hint #1 What do all traditional novels have? The Writing Loft A protagonist who is in conflict. A protagonist with a chief motivating force and a tangible objective. A plot created by a chain of causally-related events. A time element into which the story is telescoped. Present at least one major complication and have minor complications within its framework. Pose the question of whether the protagonist will reach his or her tangible objective.

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Helpful Hint #2 How to tell a writer is a novice The Writing Loft Verbose or overly flowery language Failure to consider the reader Excessive description-too many adjectives The use of intensifiers Stating the obvious – trust the reader Lack of credibility – misstating the facts Lack of tension - weak conflict or obstacles Weak characterizations Lack of theme or unity Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar. - E. B. White

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Assignment Week 5 The Writing Loft Write your lead line and opening paragraph. 2. Complete the lead line exercise. If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. - Toni Morrison Handout 1 Handout 2

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