My MA lecturer was nice enough to let me borrow this book from her. I read it within a few days (not just because her copy was signed and appeared to be a first edition, which made me paranoid any time I set it down close to a cup of tea).
What’s the best way to begin a novel? Personally, I don’t think there are any right or wrong ways to start (though I’m sure plenty (e.g. Sambuchino, 2013) would disagree) – but I do think that the beginning needs to achieve something; it needs to add texture to the story.
I’ve grabbed a couple of books to see how their authors have tackled the beginning, and hopefully I’ll learn a thing or two from them.
What is Patreon?
Patreon is an internet-based crowdfunding platform that allows creators to build a subscription service for their content. Created in 2013, by Jack Conte and Sam Yam, the platform is particularly popular among artists showcasing their work digitally (e.g. through YouTube). Many of these artists survive off ad-based revenue and Patreon was built to eliminate this reliance, allowing creators to gather sponsorship direct from fans (rather than clicks-per-ad) so they can focus back on their work.
I don’t want to sound like a parrot, but this is another great book if you want to look at narrative viewpoint – and it’s told in first-person!
I used to think narrative viewpoint was one of the easiest decisions I could make when writing. I’ve never liked first-person (to tell the truth, I even find writing this post a little uncomfortable) so I tend to write in third-person, using he/she/they, and I’ve never thought about how viewpoint affects the ‘craft’ of my work.
I’m going to use this post to think about the various options I have for my current writing project. Maybe at the end I’ll stick with how I’ve always done it but at least I’ll know why I chose it – and hopefully I’ll be able to use it to my advantage.