Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Interesting Links and a Correction

Anna J Boll posted an interesting revising idea. She made a chart of the first sentences of each chapter in her novel. This is a way to check if chapters start with too much exposition. She can see if chapters tend to start at the same time of day, like when the main character is waking up. Most importantly, she can judge if each chapter starts with a hook. I’m going to try this. 

Elizabeth Wein’s wonderful novel Code Name Verity won the Edgar Award for the best young adult mystery/thriller in 2013. She also has a new book coming out, Rose Under Fire. I have never met Elizabeth Wein, but I loved Code Name Verity and can’t wait to read her new book.  

Correction: I misidentified a plant in my April 28, 2013 photographs.

This plant is called Spanish bluebells, which is a monocot. I said they were Virginia bluebells, which is a dicot. (The leaves in the photograph are vinca.)

1 comment:

Kim Van Sickler said...

Interesting first sentence idea. Why not? Code Name Verity is on my reading list. I should probably move it up a few notches...I'm reading Jennifer Egan's "A Visit from the Goon Squad" right now. I've never seen anything like it. Each chapter introduces characters that the next chapter focuses on from THEIR POV in different points in time spanning about 40 years I believe. I'm getting brain whiplash, but I like it.