December 17

Tip: Set the scene for your readers. Don’t just put them in a room. Show us what the room looks like. You don’t have to go into great detail, but give us something to ground ourselves in the scene. And don’t forget to use all the senses. When you walk into a house, what do the smells tell you? What does it sound like? What does the furniture feel like when you sit down?

Thought: “Because one has written other books does not mean the next becomes any easier. Each book in fact is a tabula rasa; from book to book I seem to forget how to get characters in and out of rooms – a far more difficult task than the nonwriter might think.” – John Gregory Dunne

Teaser: On the 17th, the Wright Brothers took their first flight at Kittyhawk. You are there. Describe your feelings. What is the weather like? Are you excited, or resigned to their failure? Why are you there?