Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go
The road to rejection is paved with bad beginnings. Agents and editors agree: Improper story beginnings are the single biggest barrier to publication. Why? If a novel or short story has a bad beginning, then no one will keep reading. It's just that simple. In Hooked, author Les Edgerton draws on... show more
The road to rejection is paved with bad beginnings. Agents and editors agree: Improper story beginnings are the single biggest barrier to publication. Why? If a novel or short story has a bad beginning, then no one will keep reading. It's just that simple. In Hooked, author Les Edgerton draws on his experience as a successful fiction writer and teacher to help you overcome the weak openings that lead to instant rejection by showing you how to successfully use the ten core components inherent to any great beginning. You'll find: Detailed instruction on how to develop your inciting incident Keys for creating a cohesive story-worthy problem Tips on how to avoid common opening gaffes like overusing backstory A rundown on basics such as opening scene length and transitions A comprehensive analysis of more than twenty great opening lines from novels and short stories Plus, you'll discover exclusive insider advice from agents and acquiring editors on what they look for in a strong opening. With Hooked, you'll have all the information you need to craft a compelling beginning that lays the foundation for an irresistible story!
Publish date: 2007-04-12
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
Quite frankly I don't get the reviews this book got. Yes, I put it under "abandoned" books, but not because I fully dropped it, rather because I didn't read it in it's entirety and instead ended up skimming ahead.Why?First the good: Every so often, you might find some sound advice or tips. But you h...
This book was an entertaining and helpful little read on the importance of good beginnings. Broken into chapters focusing on different aspects of intros (Backstory, Great First Lines, etc.), the book is a must for any novel writer - experienced or not. We are, after all, always learning how to bette...
This book is about the importance of the first few pages of your manuscript -- not only that but even more important, those first few words.It is a concise read.
Concrete tips and examples to improve one's writing, readers' interest, and chance of traditional publishing.
An extremely useful and practical book, that lays out the elements of story openings. It describes the strengths and weaknessness of these elements, provides terrific examples, and it all written in a lightly humorous tone that makes it go down easy.This book illuminated a number of problems for me...