It’s Day 16 at NANOWRIMO challenge and I’m still in the game. I made it to 31,768 words last night. You would think it is easier as you get deeper into the story but it is not. My brain is getting tired and I’m physically exhausted. I was so tired last night I could hardly keep my eyes open when I typed in the last word. On top of that, I’m also blogging and that takes double the time I’m spending on writing. But I want to finish this NANOWRIMO Challenge as a winner. I want to finish my novel. This will be the last in the Journey to Freedom series. The first two books, The Iron Butterfly and BAHALA NA (Come What May) are now available at www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan.
The tip for today is:
- Use flashbacks. When used near the beginning of a novel, flashback brings your characters to where they are at the present time. Some explanations are needed to bring the readers to where the characters are right now. A flashback can take the readers into an earlier scene and make the explanation more interesting. Once you have your reader’s interest, you can go back to the earlier scene and gradually return to the present events to carry your story forward. Get your explanation as quickly as you can by dramatizing past events and then move on with the story.
My book recommendation for today is Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford which I just started reading. This book uses flashbacks not just at the beginning of the story but back and forth to the present scene.