Some notes from the 90 minute session.
- Unusual titles grab the reader's attention. Also use the title to tell the reader what the themes are within the book.
- Do you want to be branded in a certain genre?
- How do you get into big themes - need to get into the ordinariness - use details with knowledge - bring in an authority and be distinctive.
- Theme is central to the novel.
- Start inside of the idea - explore what you know - "Through the keyhole" - details
- Smallest of stories can have the most explosive of ideas.
- Have a timeframe
- Use the timeframe for the overall structure of the novel, then a timeframe for each chapter. This maintains the pace.
- Empathy with the voice
- First or third person?
- Perspective - control and retain for a whole novel
- Can hit walls using first person all the way through a novel with one view
- You need to retain clarity if using various voices.
- Research the character(s) past - inform yourself about their background and history.
- Need to grab the reader's attention
- React to situations
- Demand to change
- Reader wants to follow the character from page one.
- Grab the reader with action and pull them into the fictional world.
- Sense of taking the reader on a journey but then it can continue outside the book - the reader can relate it to their own world.
- Satisfying ending
- Don't need to tie up ALL loose ends.