Friday, June 12, 2009

Grab The Reader from the Start

“... if an author hasn't grabbed a prospective reader in the first half dozen sentences of his work, chances are that reader will be moving on to something else.” – Martyn Godfrey in Writing Tip #4: First Aid.
This describes me as a reader. Even in stories under 500 words, I lose interest quickly if nothing happens in the first paragraph. The biggest writing error I encounter as an editor are stories that begin with a detailed description. Get me to the action! The descriptive stuff can be worked in as the story evolves.

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