Mary Kole at Kidlit.com wrote a thought-provoking post today for writers. She compared the pages of a novel to prime real estate. The first page, the introductory paragraph of each chapter, and the the closing paragraphs are what hook the reader and keep them turning pages.
Subplots are plot lines given to different characters.
“Assume whoever is reading your submission is going to be in a terrible mood when they look at page 1.” ~ MoonRat
Instructions for the Shrunken Manuscript Strategy
Of course, everything is arbitrary and I’ve just made up rules to fit my mss. Change anything you need to fit your mss. But these guidelines generally work well for most mss.
This is a list compiled by the editorial staff at Dial Books for Young Readers.
Author of Frog and Toad, Owl At Home, and many other classics, Arnold Lobel, was born.