Hooked Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go
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Description: *The first pages are the #1 key to acceptance or rejection of manuscripts--most agents and editors claim to make their decision on a manuscript after the very first page, which means that no writer can afford to have a weak story beginning *The first and only fiction-writing book that focuses exclusively on beginnings--no other book on the market addresses story beginnings in a comprehensive manner Agents and editors agree: Improper story beginnings are the single biggest barrier to publication. Why? If a novel or short story has a bad beginning, then no one will keep reading. It's just that simple. Hooked provides readers with a detailed understanding of what a beginning must include (setup, backstory, the inciting incident, etc.); instruction on how to successfully develop the story problem; tips on how to correct common beginning mistakes; exclusive insider advice from agents, acquiring book editors, and literary journal editors; and much more.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: F&W Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/12/2007
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 1.00" tall
|Foreword : the all-important beginning|
|Introduction : why a book on beginnings|
|Story structure and the scene|
|Opening scenes : an overview|
|The inciting incident, the initial surface problem, and the story-worthy problem|
|The setup and backstory|
|Combining the inciting incident, story-worthy problem, initial surface problem, setup, and backstory|
|Introducing your characters|
|Foreshadowing, language, and setting|
|Great opening lines|
|Red flag openers to avoid|
|Opening scene length and the use of transitions|
|The view from the agent's and editor's chair|
|Epilogue : play the game forward|