Tuesday, April 2, 2013

First Line-First Paragraph-First Chapter

Mooderino, one of my favorite bloggers, discussed the criticality of hooking the reader. I won't give away her premise, but send you there.

She absolutely makes an excellent argument. But I back pedal.

I don't think it's the first line, paragraph, chapter, or ending of the first chapter.

I believe it is the blurb. I commented: 

"If I writer can't summarize the glitz of his character or finesse of his plot in 150 words, the story will likely wander, and the character will never enamor me."

Have a great day.


  1. thanks for the name check!

  2. I had a similar post today on opening lines and hooking the reader. Suffice it to say, I don't. Well, not in the first line, paragraph etc. Like you, I think it's in the cover copy or the premise of the story itself. If you can't hook them with that, then you'll never get read.