Posts Tagged ‘random’

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.

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International “Leave A Comment” Week!

I’m fairly new at blogging- less than three weeks, so I don’t profess to know what readers are looking for in blogs. News? Information? Laughs? Friendship? I’m sure the answer is as varied as the blogs themselves.

I do, however, read at many blogs of the desire for readers to leave more comments. Or any comments.

Hello, are you there? I can hear you breathing.

I’m guessing that most bloggers appreciate the validation they receive from readers comments— which help forge a connection between writer and reader, however brief it may be. It lets us know that we’re not alone in this big old blogsphere.

Comments can also help bloggers improve their blogs by letting them know what kind of posts you like to read… or maybe not so much. Do the math; better blogs=better reading. And frequently your comment will be followed by a curious blogger visiting your site to learn about you and what you have to offer. You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours; it’s a win-win situation.

I try to visit three or four new blogs each day and leave a comment on something I read or observe there. I’ve even alerted a few people to broken links on their blogs— it’s no biggie, but they let me know it was appreciated. If I particularly enjoy a blog, I add it to my blogroll and let them know I did. It’s what I consider being a good neighbor.

So, I would like to nominate this week as “Leave A Comment” week, and encourage all readers to go out there and write at least two comments each day for one week. It doesn’t really take much time to leave a thoughtful, sincere comment- either about a specific post or the blog itself. Search out some new blogs to explore and tell them what you think. And then keep doing it.

And, as always, please feel free to leave comments here at my site. I really do want to know what works for my readers and what they’d like to see. My goal is for my blog to be a friendly and useful resource for anyone who happens to stop by.

Now get out there and comment, comment, comment!