1. There are five Acts, not three
That tricky middle section? Split it into three parts, giving you five in total. For a start, it makes it more manageable.
Secondly, it ensures you “lift” the action at the end of each of those extra Acts – the critical points for the reader.
2. People don't really talk like that, do they?
Listen to how people talk. For example, gang members don’t enunciate properly. They don’t say “is not”, they say “isn’t”.
If you’re writing genre fiction, don’t worry about your characters speaking the way they might in, say, literary fiction. Use short sentences, questions to create tension, and don’t forget that in real life, people always interrupt each oth –
3. Credit, credit, credit
4. I'd like to thank the Academy...
Following on from (3) above, your friends, family, writing tribe, and pet dog aren’t going to mind if you put your acknowledgements section at the end of the book after the story is finished.
This is the time to put together your acceptance speech – and plug your other books, or direct people to your social media outlets. And don’t forget to ask for a review.
Next week, we'll take a look at marketing. Now, pass the popcorn - the film's about to start.
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