This tutorial comes courtesy of episode 136 of The Taylor Stevens Show. It is part 1 of 2 in which we cover the opening chapter of a YA novel.
With this piece, we take a big picture look at the material with the goal of coming back for an overhaul rather than a line edit.
In part one we read through the segment to get a sense of the story and then go back to mark out the trouble areas. Here, our focus is on:
~~ Naval Gazing: What it is, the problems it causes, and how to avoid it.
~~ How to feed visual elements to the reader in the right order.
~~ Why we must establish a sense of time and place for anything that follows to make sense.
~~ Why we have to show the reader what the character sees as she sees it and,
~~ How failing to do this creates confusion and a jarring reading experience.