Episode 15: Week 1's Blueprint for a Book Lessons

In this episode: 

Jennie introduces us to Week 1 of the Blueprint for a Book class. If you are interested in seeing the lessons, LINK HERE

  • Set the foundation of your book strong so you can move forward with confidence.

  • Think BEFORE you write.

  • WHY are you writing?

  • Define the POINT of your story with a killer sentence and jacket copy, as well as a working title.

  • The majority of writers make the mistake of not thinking about the big picture. Instead they just focus on what happens plot-level.

  • We don’t read to find out WHAT happens, but we write as if that’s the case. In reality, we read to find out WHY.

  • Example, in John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany, he gives everything away on the first page. Despite already knowing WHAT happens, readers keep turning pages. 

  • The problem in a poorly written story is rarely with the plot, but rather with the internal why things happen. You have to tie your plot to the internal why in a strategic and intentional way.

Jennie references John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany, where Irving gives it all away on the first page. Here's the opening line of his book:

I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice – not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.
— John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany