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Oldie but Goodie Writing Techniques
Why this sequel should give me a problem I can't say. One of the protags thinks about, buys, and sleeps balloons, but she quiets zombies in short order. When you get down to it, a book consists of nine types of scenes. The opening is the hook should be written within the first few paragraphs. This will set your story in motion. For the Night to Dawn magazine, I'd better see some tension on page one—you can't pussyfoot around with a short story. All the same, I find opening scenes the hardest to write, and each book requires multiple revisions just for the opening scene.