Welcome back to toydust.com where we talk books, toys, and writing! Today's topic? What should be in the first sentence of your novel? Newbery-winning author Richard Peck said, "You are only as good as your first sentence." That sounds a bit harsh. Is it fair for someone to judge your entire story from only one … Continue reading What should be in the first sentence of your novel?
Welcome back to TOYDUST.COM - my blog about books, toys, and writing. Today's topic? What should be on the first page of your novel? At a writing conference I attended, editor Alyson Heller spoke on this topic. Here are some things she looks for in the beginning of a novel: *Not bogged down with info-dumping … Continue reading What should be on the first page of your novel?
Good morning my toy-dustian friends! Guess what I think? Okay. Let's pretend you're writing a Toydust fan-fiction story. Because let's be honest. Who wouldn't want to write a fan-fic about me? (insert sarcasm) And let's further pretend you had written something like: "Toydust walked excitedly out of Dallas Vintage Toys, thrilled with his purchase." Is … Continue reading What Are Strong Verbs?