4.1 Overview

In Section 1, you discovered that the key to becoming an effective self-editor was to start to see the book from a more structural viewpoint. In Section 2, we focused on Classical Design and the importance of the three act structure. In Section 3, we examined the...

4.2 Creating Engagement

The aim of this section is to show you the importance of creating fully engaged readers. Only by capturing a reader’s attention can you be confident that they will continue to read past the first few chapters of your book. From an editorial point of view,...

4.3 The Principles of Characterization

The aim of this section is to show how you can use backstory to dictate the way your characters act in any given situation. The more complex your characters’ backstory, the more realistic your characters and the more likely your readers are to fully engage with your...

4.4 Internal Voice

In this lesson, we will examine internal voice, discover why backstory is important and touch on the role of viewpoint. All characters (and real people for that matter) have a set of unspoken beliefs, which are a combination of all their life experiences. This is the...

4.5 External Voice

In this lesson, you will discover the importance of external voice. You’ll find out what you should write and when, how to use external dialogue to help build characterisation and how to help build narrative space. We’ve seen that internal voice is a character’s...

4.6 Actions

In this section, you’ll discover the importance of actions, how to engage readers and why a character’s reaction to an event is essential to creating great novels. As we have seen, the Show, Don’t Tell methodology means that you are unable to rely on...