Bekah (10yrs) started writing a new novel yesterday. She told me about it in the car on the way home from school (yes, she started it at school instead of paying attention. Which I’m not happy about, but is par for the course. She’s way too involved in the things she wants to do — reading and writing— and not so much on the “boring stuff,” i.e., education).
She told me how she started with an “inciting incident” (I love how she gleans nuggets of really good info amidst her not paying attention in class. Again, it had to do with something she loves, so that makes sense). She said the last line of her prologue was really “hooky.” — Ha!
I didn’t have the heart to tell her that the inciting incident doesn’t have to appear on the first page or even in the first chapter. As long as it’s before the end of Act One, you’re golden. But hey, it’s better than Seth’s theory that if he starts with blowing up something, it HAS to be a good book.
I didn’t have a chance to read it when we got home. You know, life happened.
After dinner the subject of Bekah’s book came up.
Bekah: Papa read it. He didn’t like it.
Me: What? Why?
Nana: He thinks it’s really dark and didn’t understand why.
Me: Dark? Why is it dark?
Bekah: (eye roll) Well, she wakes up and she’s tied to a chair and has no idea where she is or who put her there.
Me: Holy crap!
Bekah: (shrugging) It’s gotta be exciting. You have to make the people want to read it.
Me: … Uh, okay.
Bekah: I want to read one of your books.
Me: I don’t know. You’re a little young.
Nana: She could read the one you just finished. There’s nothing bad in that one.
Me: Are you kidding? There’s drug references all over the place.
Bekah: (getting excited) Drug references aren’t a big deal. Do people die?
Me: Of course people die. And you’re not reading the book I’m writing now, for sure.
Bekah: Why not?
Nana: Your mom’s new book is psychotic. She’s gone off the deep end.
Bekah: (grins) So that’s where I get my ‘darkness.’