Friday, May 21, 2010

Considerations for the book opening

Picking up the pen is tough, nailing the beginning is tougher. Here are some prompts from Nancy Lamb (The Art and Craft of Storytelling—I forget who I loaned this to...but if you read this, can you consider returning :) ) that I find useful when evaluating my hook.
  • Set tone, conflict and theme
  • Appealing voice
  • State the problem
  • Reveal character
  • Posing a question
  • Hint at the conflict
  • Anchor time and space
  • Generate anticipation through mood
  • Shock
Write Every Day!

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