I have the lovely and talented Michele Stegman here today discussing beginning novels, and sharing her experiences with us.
Beginnings have always been hard for me. One of the first books I wrote (still unpublished, by the way) had twelve pages of drek before “the good stuff” started. Unfortunately, even after I cut those pages, the book had other problems and I just decided to start another book.
When I started writing the first book I wrote that did get published, I had a great scene in mind that was supposed to be the last scene in the book. But before I got to that scene, I had to tell how she got there, who she was, who the hero was, how he got there, etc., etc., etc. But I didn’t want to write all that stuff. I wanted to get right to the “good stuff.” And I realized that if I didn’t want to write it, who would want to read it? By the time I cut out all that boring stuff, that scene ended up being the very first scene in the book!
Yes, the reader did need to know the back story of each of those characters, but they didn’t need to wade through it before they even met the hero and heroine. I fed it to them bit by bit as the story unfolded, when they were ready and hungry for it.
New writers seem to think they need to do a lot of explaining right at the beginning. “The reader needs to know this!” they cry. Maybe, but not yet. When you meet someone new, they don’t tell you their life history before they shake your hand, do they? The adventure is learning all of it a little at a time as you live in the present.
Michele Stegman’s new historical romance The Admirer is available now from your favorite book sellers! See how she puts this fantastic advice to work to weave an entertaining story that will keep you turning the pages.
All she wanted was a little adventure before settling into a forced, loveless marriage. How could she have known just how far that adventure would take her?
All Marcia wanted was a little adventure followed by a bright and everlasting love. So now that she is being forced into an arranged marriage to an arrogant duke, who could blame her for choosing the lure of a secret admirer who sends her thoughtful gifts, cryptic notes, and gives her thrilling kisses in a dark garden? But is he asking too much when he offers a trip to Gretna Green? Or is it worth the risk to avoid a loveless marriage?
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Here’s a bit about the author:
Michele Stegman is a multi-published author with a lifelong love of history. She lives with her husband, Ron, in an 1840’s log cabin full of antiques. She spins, weaves, makes her own soap, and dabbles in art. Her daughter calls the place Pioneer Village!
Her love of history shines through in her historical romances.
Michele can be reached at Steman14@yahoo.com, at her website, http://www.MicheleStegman.com, or at http://www.Facebook.com/MicheleStegmanAuthor.