First Sentence

Writing is easy? You just start with a sentence and an award winning novel is created out of nothing. Well, that’s what people think anyway. If you have a good knowledge of grammar, anyone can write a best seller.

If only life were that easy – we all think our ideas are unique. But most story lines follow a pattern. There is always a protagonist, antagonist, romance of some sort, a journey for your main character to go on. It doesn’t matter if it is set in the future, past or in an imaginary world, it is always nearly the same.

Most books will have a happy ending, unless they are part of a series, and then it will leave on a cliff hanger. It is rare for a reader to want to read a book where the character dies at the end. Yes, it has been done – Dumbledore being one of them. But even Harry Potter lives to fight another fight.

It is a bit like Grey’s Anatomy – there wouldn’t be a show if Meredith died – it’s in the name.

We all know writing a book is something you have to work at, and even if your grammar was on point, there is no way it will sell, if the structure isn’t right. I’ve learnt so much from an editor I used for my last book. She spoke about my characters as if they were real people, and not for the first time I realised writing isn’t easy.

We strive to make that first sentence memorable, and then work extremely hard to write the rest of the book. There are some brilliant books out there, but without the marketing, they struggle to sell in double figures.

We self-publish, in the main, but most would want a publisher to see some potential in our books. Even getting an agent is difficult.

Does that put writers off? No. Whether it be websites, books, poems, or short stories – we write because that’s who we are.

Published by writerravenclaw

I am a fifty something mother of two grown up children, and one beautiful grandchild. I have been married for nearly thirty-four years. My first book was published ten years ago. I wrote my book Sticks and Stones because of my experience of being bullied at school.

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