Raise your hand if you already know that the beginning of your novel must hook the reader? My guess is everyone’s hands shot in the air. Writing the perfect beginning, one that establishes mood, voice, genre, place. One that introduces characters and one that hooks. I’m exhausted just thinking about everything the first few pages […]
When Do You Stop Reading a Book?
When you can’t keep your eyes open as you read, do you keep reading? #amreading Click To Tweet My mother had a formula for deciding whether or not to finish a book. She’d take her age and subtract it by 100. If the book had not capture her by that number, she’d stop reading. As […]
The Woes of Writing that First Chapter
Don’t you wish you had more time to capture readers than the first chapter? #amwriting Click To Tweet In the old days, that was the case. Back when Trollop and Jane Austen were writing, they had at least two chapters before readers gave up on them. Many of today’s literary writers have the luxury of […]