an Attention-Grabbing First Page
Writer's Digest Tutorials
The opening of your novel sets the stage for everything you want to accomplish. Your first sentence has to grab the reader and not let go. From your "hook", the one-sentence logline you use to describe your book, to the first page of your novel, it's critical to capture the reader's attention immediately-whether that reader is an agent, editor, or consumer. Not only do you want to quickly pull readers in with your story idea, you also need to establish your narrative voice as compelling, believable, talented, and authoritative.
In this tutorial, instructor and literary agent Jessica Regel shows you how to catch your reader's attention with your hook and first page. Using real life examples from her own client list, Jessica examines the hooks and first pages from published books to show you the dos and don'ts of opening your book and the common mistakes that drive agents crazy and stop them from reading the rest of your work.
During this 80-minute video tutorial, you'll learn:
- How to write an attention grabbing one-line hook
- When it's appropriate to compare your book to another book
- Why it's important to hook the reader from the first page
- Why a prologue may do you more harm than good
- Common mistakes of first sentences and first pages
- Overused beginnings and clichés that can drag down a work
- The benefits and pitfalls of starting with action
Preview: Hook, Line, and Sinker: How to Determine Your Book's Hook and Craft an Attention-Grabbing First Page >