Essential advice for fiction writers and aspiring novelists, from Jodie Renner, highly respected fiction editor and author of three award-winning craft-of-writing guides, FIRE UP YOUR FICTION, CAPTIVATE YOUR READERS, and WRITING A KILLER THRILLER, as well as time-saving QUICK CLICKS e-resources.
I've been away across the country visiting my family and am now back and trying to catch up. Here's the beginning of a great article I missed last Sunday on The Kill Zone blog, by my favorite writing "guru," James Scott Bell, who shares his words of wisdom there every Sunday. For the rest of these 5 insightful tips, click on the link at the end of this excerpt. Keep on reading and writing! - Jodie
I'm not going to name the book, because
I don't believe in running down fellow authors. Nor will I quote anything
verbatim. But I do think there are some important lessons to be learned.
An Opening Without Disturbance
The first-person narrator of this crime
novel is moving through a setting, describing it, and then getting in a car and
moving some more, then getting to another location and getting out of the car,
and then talking to some people. This is, by definition, action. But it does
nothing to hook the reader. Why? Because there's no trouble, or even a portent
What hooks a reader faster than anything else is when...
For the rest of this excellent article, click HERE.