This will be a short post. Or not.
I guess you never know when you write the first sentence how far you’ll get before you’re ready to quit. Well, maybe YOU do, but I don’t.
Like my two daughters. Amy usually has a five-year plan of goals, etc. Joy has a five-minute plan—maybe. (Joy takes after her dad.)
Anyway, I spent some of my prime blogging time working on the opening of my book. I’ve never been really happy with the opening. There’s kind of a hook, but not much of one.
I’ve read that if an agent or an editor isn’t hooked solidly in the first ten pages, the rest of the manuscript never gets a look. The idea is to grab the reader’s attention, or set up a quick cliff-hanger that will entice them to keep flipping pages to find out what happens.
People who’ve read mine (first ten pages) report that they want to keep going and are interested, but the interest level is mild compared to really good openings.
My new Critique Partners picked up on that right away, and offered a great suggestion for how to fix it. The irony is, their suggestion results in an opening similar to one I had in an earlier version, but scrapped when my agent thought it distracted from the main story.
But with this new suggestion, I can tie in the opening with a new “scene” at the end and make a much neater package.
I know, none of that makes any sense, and you don’t care. But it’s MY blog, and I’m excited about making progress.
So, unlike Hamel’s blog, which is always well written and thought-provoking, my blog is merely provoking.
Told you this would be short.