Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hook Readers With a Strong Beginning

Yesterday at the monthly meeting of my writers' group, several handouts were distributed. I made the time to sit this morning and read them over.
Am I glad I took the time, because this one is excellent: from the July/August 2009a issue of Writer's Digest, Hook Readers With a Strong Beginning, by Les Edgerton.

With a crisp and witty writing style, Mr. Edgerton entertained me as well as reinforced things I've been encouraging for the past few years: where and what NOT to start a book with, ie a dream sequence, a ringing alarm clock or phone, too much or too little dialogue.

Just wanted to share this with you all.


The Word Place said...

There's a similar article in the 2009 issue of The Writer: "Set the Narrative Hook--How to write novel openings that will reel in readers" by William G. Tapply.

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CJ Parker said...

Well, darn. My WIP starts with an alarm clock. LOL Back to the keyboard.