Novelist David Hewson: How to start writing a book

The opening should conclude with “a surprise” or “revelation that something we’ve come to suspect is actually true.” The surprise or revelation “will pose a problem which the characters I’ve introduced will have to tackle.”

Hewson describes how the opening of “Treasure Island” follows that formula.

“The setup is the fuse for the book to come,” Hewson says.

How to start writing a book – David Hewson

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