Okay, off to delve further into your site! The first few lines of your story are crucial, so give your reader only important information. Nice somewhere on the first or second page, but not in the first line. I liked this post because this topic has actually been nagging at me. Open your story with the voice of a narrator we can instantly identify with, or one that relates things in a fresh way. One can still hope though, right? On that note, have you seen the site? How does your favourite book open, and what makes it so compelling? The only books I find I can persevere with if they start slowly are the classics, or even certain modern books that are written in a more classic style. I hope those goals are not mutually exclusive. I read it every few years.
Â Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Dalhousie Review, Prairie Fire, Geist, The Writer,Â Sou'wester, Anderbo,Â Grist, Saw Palm,Â Best of the Sand Hill Review, and others. Great guest post — I talked to an Australian guy for about two days once and I swore afterward I was going to run away there and get married. What do those first lines mean? If you fail to grab my attention in the first few lines, I start spacing out. Suzannah is working on a novel and a collection of short stories, both of which have received funding from the Ontario Arts Council. Begin at a pivotal moment. The last thing you want to do as a writer is annoy or bore people. The concept alone hooked me.
Instead, try one of these 6 ways to hook your readers right off the bat: N. What will potentially make them put down your book? Being forced to read enormous novels, whether they interested you or not, can become not so pleasurable at times. Image courtesy Although I consider myself an avid reader, I must admit I have a short attention span when it comes to getting into books. What will make them want to continue reading? I go there often just to enjoy what has been featured. Skip the purple prose and opt for something more powerful. By starting at an important moment in the story, your reader is more likely to want to continue so he or she can discover what will happen next. Start with an unusual situation.
Lately, I have been opening to the first page of every book I own to find out just what tagged my attention the first time around. Most readers are like me. And finding a long-winded description on the first page makes me want to go get another book. Description is good when it encourages people to paint a picture in their minds. Looking forward to reading more though. Most often, this is one of the main characters in the book.
. Only problem, flights are a tad expensive. Begin with a compelling narrative voice. I like to collect passages I come across that really thrill me, and after reading this I realized that many of them are the first paragraphs in the book. Then I often put the book down, permanently. . .
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