Friday, August 18, 2006
For your Friday Fun
Thank you so much for your encouraging comments on yesterday's "first scene." I'll put up the next scene, probably tomorrow.
I should add that this book is women's fiction. Lately my books have fallen into three categories: historical (The Nativity Story, Magdalene), speculative fiction (Uncharted, The Elevator, Unspoken, The Novelist) and women's fiction (The Pearl, The Debt, and Fairlawn, the WIP).
So don't expect any talking gorillas or storms or uncharted territory (sorry about the pun). :-) This one is solid women's fiction that could happen to any of us, though, as usual, I promise to take you to a world that's not ordinary. In due time. :-)
And--notice, if you please, that the scene gives a lot of information without a smidgen of BACKSTORY (defined as something happens before the present story moment.) Nancy and I harp on this when we teach, and our students resist us. But our rule is NO BACKSTORY IN THE FIRST 30 PAGES, and I'm trying my best to follow it. (You'll find backstory if you look in my older books--I'm a recent convert to this rule, but now I'm absolutely religious about it.) You can give information, but you have to give it in present story time.
You might also notice that the heroine does not have red hair or green eyes . . . nor does the first sentence begin with the character's name. (VBG)
Okay, so the last thing you need is another addictive computer game. But for your Friday fun, you have to try this one:
P.S. BTW, what do you think of the cover image for THE ELEVATOR? It's still being tweaked.