By: Darcy Pattison
Openings are incredibly important. This was brought back to me recently as I was judging a contest. Those manuscripts that kept my interest for three pages were rare. Usually, they lost me by the middle of page two!
Am I harsh? I don’t think so.
Noah Lukeman has it right in his book, The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile. This is a book I ask those attending my Novel Revision retreats to read before they attend.
Lukeman’s premise is
that an editor will decide if they want your book or not based on the first
five pages of your manuscript. After judging this contest, I agree. Sometimes,
you can even make a judgment based on the first paragraph.
That first paragraph? You want to grab the reader by the throat and never let go!
Here are five things that made me stop reading:
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