Jeff Gerke wrote a great article for Writer’s Digest on how to introduce your hero (or heroine). He says that a good move is to have a small stand-alone story, or scene to introduce your heroine.
I’ve come up with another bad @ss heroine. My prior introduction to her had her performing a very mundane task for the company she worked for. But because I read the article above, I think that I am going to start the book with the “action scene” that’s meant to fuel the action in that first book. I’m hoping to sell my readers on my heroine’s characteristics before I get to the middle part of the book.
But now, I’m wondering about balance. If I start the novel with a lot of action, should its middle part be calm, and the end be about more action? Or is a novel with a slow build the way to go?
Okay, so you are probably wondering what this novel is going to be about. I’m going to give you a hint:
That might not be much to go on, I know. I hope you understand my need for secrecy. A writer’s gotta protect their intellectual property, you know.
Until the next!