OUR ADDRESS HAS CHANGED – Please take note: P.O. Box 74, Simsbury, CT 06070
MAY 6, 2017: CHANGE OF PLANS! – Tracey cannot make it, so we will:
- Hash out your plot: work in groups of 3. For 20 minutes focus on 1 individual who describes her plot. The rest of the time is spent brainstorming plot twists, etc. At the end of 20 minutes, switch people.
- Have a discussion about the parts of the writing process that we are struggling with.
- Writing prompts: everyone works on their WIP with little writing prompts given every 15 minutes.
- Writing sprints: Write for 5 minutes, 10 min, 15 min, 10 min and 5 min. Each time self-track the number of words written, but don’t share with the group. Then set up a writing schedule for yourself for the next month and project how many words you can write.
MAY 6, 2017 at 72 Maple Street, Bristol, CT 06010
9:30-10:30am Business Meeting
10:30-10:45am Member News (1 minute per member)
10:45-11am Getting ready/break/speaker setup
11:00-12:30pm – see above!
12:30-1:30am Potluck Lunch Social
1:30-1:45pm Member Corner: Speaker -Tracy Lyons, topic TBD
2-3pm Newbie Writing 101
Finessing the First Page a Fabulous Event!!!
(From L to R: Jamie K. Schmidt, Rebecca Slitt, Sandra Marton, Dee Davis, Kathe Robin, Linda Ingmanson)
For those who attended, especially our distinguished panel, a huge & heartfelt THANK YOU!! For those who were unable to attend, you were missed! CORW will be putting on another event just like this next Fall, so stay tuned for details! Until then, some take-aways from our experts on First Page MUSTS:
‘The story starts when the bottle falls off the table’, instructed Chief Historical Reviewer for RTBookLovers as she pushed her water bottle closer and closer to the end of the table. ‘That is where the story begins’ (aka: the inciting Incident).
Other gems of the day for First Pages (Collectively attributed to entire panel):
The difference between a good writer and a great writer is mastering Point of View!!
First pages MUST hook the reader
First pages must show the main character and their actions (not thoughts, dreams, etc. And starting with the main character is important because that is who the reader will connect with first).
The first page asks a question that will be answered with the rest of the book. This is a promise to the reader. Keep it!
Push your idea outside of the ‘normal’ box – be different!
The first page must also show the (main) characters and the plot, or an element of the plot
In short, first pages answer or begin to answer most of these questions: who, what, where, when, and why.
Last but not least, make your submission copy error free! One miss-spelled word is probably acceptable, but more than one spelling or grammar error will kick your reader- aka an Editor or an Agent (gasp)!- out of your story and probably lose your chance to get them to want more from you.
Most of all, we were all encouraged to continue writing and perfecting our chosen craft!