Ssshh, please don't tell anyone that there's a formula to writing novels. They'll think we're hacks.
So I've decided to study the YA books (that's YOUNG ADULT for all you 1.5 new readers who think I'm speaking in CIA code) that we all covet and adore. Anyways, the thing I'm doing is writing very, very short chapters that end just-like-that. Like you've walked into a door or fallen off a cliff, but not in any violent way.
Because teenagers have the attention spans of ants. This is not a knock. They just do. I still do and I'm an old teenager. So in order to write to them, for them, about them, I keep my chapters VERY short.
Not like this [ ]. But like this . Seven pages max.
Eight is too much, but you can slip in a few here and there. Just don't go crazy.
Four are ideal.
Two-three are Super-Ideal-Plus.
And, then the cherry on the chapter-cake is when it just ends. Ever see those poor soon-to-be-dead soaps where no one says "Bye," like normal people in real life do?
Example: "Jackson, are you serious? You boinked Jenna and now you want me to forgive you?" And he says while staring at her no less: "Yeah."
End of Scene. End of phone conversation. End of chapter.
That's how it works. And it keeps people tuned in, especially teens. Go see for yourself. They do not say "goodbye, or have a nice day, or Bye, bye." They just end it.
I hope this is helpful. I'm not saying goodbye, but gotta go! (Slams door behind her.)
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
So here's something to check out. My friend, Victoria Wilder's website about the brain. It's filled with information that many of us artistic types (crazy?) will want to understand. There's even a section on brain mapping.
Drum roll... http://corerejuvenation.com/Home_Page.php
Posted by Marina at 5:39 PM
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
|You always end up doing and spending more than you thought you would.|
|You gasp in shock when you see those ginormous, ugly sentences that grew like weeds in your manuscript. You down a caraffe of coffee or sangria, then mercilessly rip them out, savoring your new-found power.|
|You scour the universe for the perfect words and trees for your novel and backyard. You refuse to give up until you've found them. Wait. Stop. You only want natives, not Swahilian pines. Don't want to confuse agents, editors and readers, do you?|
|When stumped and overwhelmed by feelings of stupidity, ask the cat. She is SAGE. She knows all. I'm not kidding. TBC...|
Posted by Marina at 2:56 PM