Excellent analysis here. How are your first sentences?
We all know that the first sentence or two in a novel needs to, not only grab a reader’s attention, but flip them out of bed, melt them into their recliners, or make them forget the lasagne in the oven.
Like you, I’ve written so many first lines for my novels, I could add them up and the page count would be the same as the novel itself.
They, editors, agents, writing experts say:
Make it more engaging.
Don’t start with dialogue and (read more) …
So, let’s say, we finally think our first line of the entire novel kicks butt. We breathe. All good, right?
How are the last sentences of the first chapter, the seventh or thirty-seventh?
Let’s say the endings of your chapters follow “the rules” and beg the reader to continue on. In other words, we’ve got them hooked.
Here’s another point. Let’s say our readers close the book at the…
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