You probably already know this, but writing a novel requires more than simply putting words to paper. You need characters, tone, plot, good pacing, and excellent writing.
So after I went through and examined my opening lines, I decided to look at the next couple of paragraphs in each of my manuscripts. They say these are what agents and editors look at to determine if you’re good enough to publish (traditionally speaking).
A checklist to help people construct the first act of their novel.
Nothing is as nebulous as the advice, “Remember to set the tone in your novel.” Let me help you work your way through it!