Fireworks are kind of like books.
You want to grab attention from the very first moment, with an explosive sound and dazzle of color, or a gripping opening line. You’re telling your audience that the show is on – and it’s going to be a doozy. But you can’t shoot off all your fireworks at once, leaving people feeling shortchanged. You need to establish a rhythm – a burst of excitement followed by a quick pause so folks can catch their breath. But even during the quiet moments, the audience knows not to avert its eyes, because they might miss something.
And the most important part? The finale. Viewers (or readers) should be rapt and sighing, fully satisfied and entertained.
I’m gearing up to start writing my third book, now that my second one, SKIPPING A BEAT, is into copy-editing. I’m going to tape a little note to my computer that says, “Fireworks” to remind myself to bring them to as many pages as possible…