Hooked On “Hooked”

I love to read. I always have, from the time I was a young girl. These days, however, the amount of time I have to read is much less, and therefore more precious.

I see lots of stories that might be good or even great— if I could manage to get through them. How the story begins is a good indicator as to whether I’ll spend my limited time reading that particular story or not.

That is the premise of Hooked by Lee Edgerton, a great book for anyone writing a short story or novel they hope to get published.

We all know that stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end, but if the beginning doesn’t start in the right place, it’s not likely any agent or editor will continue reading after the first few paragraphs.

In a world where mountains of manuscripts are rejected on a regular basis, how does a writer get theirs off the proverbial heap?

Hooked was written with the intention of helping writers do just that. The secret is in the beginning of your story. This book covers modern story structure, opening scene dos and don’ts, where to put that backstory you’re just dying to fit in, and more. The last chapter contains some thoughts from editors and agents about what they’re looking for in manuscript submissions— and what they don’t want to see.

Don’t waste time polishing up your prose until you make sure you’re giving your story its best chance at success— with a beginning that’s worthy of the rest of your story.


5 responses to this post.

  1. Nancy, have you read “The First Five Pages”? And if so, how do you feel “Hooked” compares? I love reading my writing books–they really get my blood going! 🙂


  2. You mentioned this book on my blog. Checked it out on Amazon and it looks really good. Thanks


  3. Thanks for pointing me to this post — I’ll look up the book. I’m having a lot of trouble getting through “The First Five Pages” — it just seems very dry — but the short excerpt from “Hooked” that I just read on Amazon looked better.


  4. I guess that is another way of saying how important it is to know where to start a story i.e. all stories imply a time before and a time after the events described but not all this will add value to the tale.


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