So I’m writing a book (I know, thanks captain obvious ) and I’m trying to plan out the second draft, work on mechanics and pacing. I don’t want it to be too fast, however, I also don’t want it to be too slow. The trilogy I’m writing is about a girl who gets dragged into this murder in her college town. There are things I need established before the body is found though. Some pretty key things that will tie the books together by the end of the trilogy.
My question is… what are THE things you need in the first act of your book and how long do you think a ‘first act’ should be. I’ve heard that you should wrap up the first act (or at least most of it) in the first 5 chapters or 50 pages. I’m on chapter 3 of the second draft though and I’m not sure I can get all the information needed in the next couple chapters/pages. If the book is about murder, I’m assuming the body should be found in the first act…?
*How long is your first act?
*What do you think HAS to be included in this act?
*Any other tips or remarks?