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Crafting a Strong Beginning for Your Novel
From first pages to backstory, we cover what you need to know when trying to revise the early pages of your manuscript.
5 Posts: Crafting a Strong Beginning for Your Novel
April 5, 2016
Crafting a Strong BeginningWe share the elements that will keep readers turning the pages as you polish up the beginning of your manuscript.
March 10, 2017
Starting Off Right: 3 Tips for Writing a Strong First PageHere’s our checklist of things you want to achieve on page one of your manuscript.
March 27, 2018
Write in the Now: Plot vs. BackstoryUp your stakes and make sure your plot is moving forward.
November 14, 2016
Ask an Editor: How Much Backstory Is Too Much?Are you starting your novel in the right place? Or is it just backstory? We’ll help you decide.
March 7, 2017
Ask an Editor: Backstory vs. PrologueWhen does a story call for a prologue? We break it down for you.
December 17, 2014
The Reader Contract: A Writer’s Promise to ReadersFrom covers to copy, we discuss the impression a book makes from first glance.
January 9, 2018
The First Three Things Editors NoticeGrab an editor’s attention by incorporating these elements into your manuscript.
June 28, 2016
The Shapes of StoriesUse this technique to determine where your novel needs more tension.