The First 100 Pages: How to Get a Book Up and Breathing

The First 100 Pages: How to Get a Book Up and Breathing

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The first 100 pages of a novel are critical to creating a world readers want to immerse themselves in, but from the writer's end, it can be challenging. What needs to happen in those pages? What key elements absolutely must be there? How do you introduce multiple characters without overwhelming the reader? How do you lay the groundwork for your conflict? Learn world building, character introduction, and other key elements of those first 100 pages with novelist Barbara Samuel, author of more than 60 novels.


Barbara Samuel (also known as Barbara O'Neal) is the bestselling author of more than 60 books. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame and teaches workshops around the world. Her next book will be a Lake Union release in the summer, 2018. Barbara lives with her partner, Christopher Robin, an endurance athlete, along with a houseful of dogs and cats. She is an avid gardener, hiker, amateur artist, and a traveler who loves to take off at dawn to hike a volcano or head to a faraway land.

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