Getting the first sentence on paper can be one of the most difficult challenges a writer faces. Read on for ideas from eight authors on how to kick-start the writing process. These excerpts come from Write Start , a new Biographile series that shares tips, advice, and poignant personal stories from popular fiction and non-fiction authors. The first words you write might end up being the middle of Chapter Three. The assumption is that we have the attention spans of chimpanzees.
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A debut novel is the first novel a novelist publishes. Debut novels are often the author's first opportunity to make an impact on the publishing industry , and thus the success or failure of a debut novel can affect the ability of the author to publish in the future. Sometimes new novelists will self-publish their debut novels, because publishing houses will not risk the capital needed to market books by an unknown author to the public. For this reason, literary communities have created awards that help acknowledge exceptional debut novels. In contemporary British and American publishing markets, most authors receive only a small monetary advance before publication of their debut novel; in the rare exceptions when a large print run and high volume of sales are anticipated, the advance can be larger.
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Subscriber Account active since. In his memoir , "On Writing," King shares valuable insights into how to be a better writer. And he doesn't sugarcoat it.
Think of the potential reader who walks by a bookstore or the editor to whom you sent a manuscript. What do you think they should find there? A catchy beginning or the weather forecast?