Write Your Novel
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By Melanie Anne Phillips
Creator of StoryWeaver

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Man Made follows a mysterious force as it sweeps around the globe erasing anything man made - from buildings, vehicles, and technology to medicines, clothing, and dental work.

Governments stagger under the panic, religions are at a loss for an explanation, scientists strive for any means to stop or divert the phenomenon, and the world’s population from families to individuals struggle to prepare for The Event, which will drive humanity back beyond the stone age.

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Genre - Act One Beginning

You've already divided your genre elements into those you wish to present in acts 1, 2, and 3.  Now you need to get a bit more specific and parcel them out to occur at the beginning, middle, and end.

Keep in mind that the beginning of act one will be your readers’ first introduction to the overall personality of your story, and will contribute greatly as to whether they want to spend time with your novel or put it back on the shelf.

Consider how the genre will interact with the teaser and the introduction of your character and then, in this step, list the genre elements you wish to present at the beginning of act one.