November is over and you’ve survived NaNoWriMo – woohoo! Our loved ones can rejoice! Now that you have the beginnings of a bright and shiny new manuscript under your belt, it’s time for that all important next step to begin; the revising.
The first five pages are the most important in any story.
This is where you grab your reader’s attention and set the tone for the entire novel. You must introduce your main character without relying on backstory. You need to create enough tension to entice the reader to want more – to keep reading – but you should also be wary of adding so much mystery that the story becomes muddled or the reader gets confused. Clarity is vital.
How do you know if you’ve struck the right balance?
Feedback is key.
Test your pages out here in our new First Five Pages forum.
Post your first 1250 words (the equivalent of five pages) and let your peers give you constructive critiques. And as always, be kind and reciprocate.
I’ve posted the first five pages of my NaNoWriMo project, THREE BROTHERS, to get the ball rolling. It is pretty rough, so feel free to rip it to shreds. (I kind of live for that type of honest feedback.)
Let’s continue the momentum that started with NaNoWriMo and keep the creative work going. Join in the conversation. Hop on over to the forums and make some comments or post your own five pages.
And if all this talk of critiquing inspires you to want more feedback – if you’d like feedback on a longer piece – think about signing up for our Great Critique Partner Connection in the forums. We’ve extended the critique partner forum indefinitely.
Now let’s critique some pages!