two – tell your story in three lines.
‘elevator pitch’ this forces you to consider your whole story. Try writing it as if you
were finished with the manuscript. This
is something you will rewrite several times, but try to write one before you
self-publish or never publish, this exercise will help you. It is hard, don’t
expect it to be anything else and remember it will change. I just want to get
editor you should try to wrap up your idea in a paragraph. Here are some points
you can consider:
You need a title. Write your working
title in big letters at the top of the page. You can even make a mock-up of
your cover. It’s inspirational.
Who, what and why? You need a character,
start with them and the inciting moment. The inciting moment gives you a goal
and that conflict will give you an antagonist.
When, where and how? If you are writing
sci-fi or historical fiction, this question becomes even more important, but you should pick
a moment in time and then tell me how all of this is going to happen.
[Character’s name] + [inciting moment] +
[story goal] leads to [intriguing question]
wants to find out why, but that means dealing with his crazy controlling
mother. Should Josie let herself be lured into a life of riches by the woman
who destroyed the man she loved?
what and why? Then print it out, stick it to your wall and when in doubt go
back and ask yourself if you are answering the question.
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