Rookie Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your First Novel

It’s all too easy to turn off a reader in the first few pages of your manuscript, or hook them with a great beginning only to lose them with a flabby middle. From idea, to execution, to the final polish, this workshop explores best practices and potholes to avoid.

Topics include:
- Nailing the basics
- Openings to avoid
- Turning tells into shows
- Saving yourself from the blah’s
- Harnessing voice
- Friends and enemies: Adverbs and adjectives vs. verbs
- Tricks and tips for effective dialogue
- Shaping story structure