With the over saturation of the writing market I will definitely put a book down with in the first few pages if the beginning does not draw me in. The “hook” is often the hardest element to add to your novel. Carly Watters lays out some important ground rules to remember when writing that all important beginning.
Here’s my top 6 ways not to start your novel.
1. A prologue that doesn’t make any sense to us at this time
This is a common case of over-writing and not thinking from the readers’ perspective. If you want to hook a reader from the beginning it’s best not to lose them from the start. No one wants to be confused or think they’re not getting it.
2. Too much action
Many writers hear that we want books to start fast, but they take that one step too far and throw us into action we know nothing about. (If you are writing SciFi/Fantasy this is especially for you because you have some world building to do first.)
3. Too little action
The opposite of too much action: too little…
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