January 9th, 2017
As authors, we all know the importance of engaging our audience within a book’s first few pages. It’s called grabbing the reader: captivating them in a way that makes them want to stick with the story to its end.
Michael Hauge prefers the term seducing:
“Everybody likes to be seduced; it’s a […]
December 23rd, 2016
I do a lot of critiquing. As I get better at craft, I’m starting to catch the nuances of good writing; things beyond the basics of POV, show don’t tell, etc. They’re subtler and harder to spot, but I believe they can be the difference between a ‘good writer’ and a popular author. And […]
November 11th, 2016
In case you didn’t know, there’s a little thing called NaNoWriMo going on this month. It’s basically a month in which writers lose sleep, stop talking to their families, give up binge watching Netflix, and forget how to spell without Word’s autocorrect feature, all to meet a challenging word count of 50,000 words […]
September 23rd, 2016
Darynda Jones’ First Grave on the Right (click on the photo to check out this amazing book)
I just taught a class on Beginning Pages recently, so I’ve been thinking a lot about first lines.
Stephen King had something to say about the magnitude of a novel’s first line: