Highlight from the morning:
Remember my 3-year-old daughter's trip to the dentist? Where her teeth were wiggly? She bumped them again a couple weeks ago, and this morning, with the help of her big brother and a fight over a blanket, one of her top front teeth came out. Lots of blood. Lots of crying. And just in time for her dance recital.
When I had a little girl, I envisioned long blond ponytails, pink frilly outfits, and Mary-Janes.
My daughter has two large chunks cut out of her hair from fun with scissors, a missing front tooth, and wears only superhero clothing.
And did I mention she's the most beautiful little girl in the world?
OK, enough on that. My latest writing tip? Summarize your novel in one short sentence. In this short sentence show what the main character is trying to achieve. What is the motivation for the novel? And once you get this sentence down, work to incorporate it into your novel as early as possible (The Hero's Journey Call To Adventure). Let the reader know why they need to bother reading the book.
There's been lots of talk about The Lightning Thief recently, so I'll try that one.
A half-god boy searches for who has stolen Zeus's lightning bolt.
Sure, he's working on his relationship with his dad. He's discovering his new world. But his reason for the book is his quest - the find out who took the lightning bolt and return it.
Got one you want to try? And while you're at it, do it for your WIP also!