On Saturday I went to Marylebone to the RNA SE chapter meeting to listen to a talk by Jean Fullerton about how to stay control of your story esp romances. Here are the main points I wrote down:
1. It is about structure. You have to have a structure to your story.
2. You need an inciting moment
3. Then rising action
4. A turning point and black moment (doesn't have to be the main character's)
5. Lastly, falling action leading to the resolution
If you get stuck (usually about either Chapter 5 or 8), try going back to the start of the story and read it.
Ask what your main character's motivation/goal is.
If you want to include back story, drip feed it in, not do an info dump.
If you write in a certain genre or time period, readers will expect the rest of your books to be like that. Don't disappointment them.
It had been my first time to a chapter meeting this year, and I enjoyed it. Esp as I met a friend of mine there and we chatted as we walked back to the tube station. Might go again next time.
Next post will be about what the venue was like for an Aspie (me).