Friday, June 15, 2012

Writing Chapter Six

"There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein." - Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith  

The next time you’re working on your book, do me a favor and scroll up to take a look at all you’ve done. It’s really beginning to take shape, isn’t it? You have pages and pages of writing and it is beautiful! After all the sweat and blood you’ve put into it, isn’t it worth it to see the first five chapters? Oh yes, it is!

When you get to Chapter Six, you’ve officially come out of the beginning of your book. Celebrate this victory (pour a glass of wine, eat a box of chocolates, or heck, take a nap!) then grab a pen because it is time to start writing the next phase. 

Now is the time to let an event happen that will define the rest of your book. 

If you’re writing a romance, let sparks fly either from a blood-boiling argument or attraction that causes fireworks. If it hasn’t already happened, now is a perfect time for that first kiss between your two characters. Make it good!

Photo by Chrys Fey

If you’re writing a thriller, bring a little (or a lot more) suspense to your story. Write something that’ll make your reader's jaw drop! But remember, this event is just meant to spring you toward the middle of the book (where a bigger event is waiting to happen) and of course the ending, which is the grand finale.

I have just reached Chapter Six in my book and I personally can’t wait to begin, because in this chapter my protagonist is going to hunt down a brutal criminal, and her encounter with him is going to be chaotic!

QUESTION: What event will you let happen in Chapter Six of your book?

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