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Beginning the Novels August 3, 2006

Posted by Myke Bartlett in CSC 2006 Classwork Archives.

Today we’re starting writing our Mini-Novels. Think carefully about the work we’ve done on starting a story. In particular, consider the following:

1) Is my first line an interesting start to the novel? Will it catch the reader’s attention?
2) What is the “hook” in the first chapter? What will make the reader want to keep reading?
3) Have you used descriptive writing well to establish your setting? Will the reader be able to imagine themselves there?
4) Have you written an EXPOSITORY paragraph – remember, this is an ‘information’ paragraph that tells the reader about a person, place, thing or idea. This is a really useful tool for getting the story underway. You can tell us who your character is, where they come from, where they’re going and whatever other information is necessary for the reader to understand what is happening.

All the work we’ve done on the Mini-Novels so far can be found here:


REMINDER: Your “How to Hatch a Plot” work is now due. If it isn’t in by the end of today, you’ll be given a redemption.

The work you need to do can be found by selecting the “Novel Writing Exercises” category.



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