Hooked – Writing Guide

Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go

I got a new book. It’s about openings specifically, but it also encompasses the elements to make a whole novel rather than ‘pieces’ we often associate with writing exercises.

It is true we break everything into pieces. We talk about descriptions, or word choice, or dialogue as if we could separate those from the whole. While it is one way to get better, we find ourselves clipping those things and not seeing the entire project.

This book is a page-turner. It’s easy to read, clear to understand, and thought provoking. The woman who did the introduction mentioned another book by Les Edgerton about voice. I might have to find that one, too. I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m very pleased so far.

I organized my library a bit today, though I still have a long way to go. I could review a writing book every weekend for quite a while without buying any new ones.

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3 Comments

  1. Dawn Embers said,

    24 January 2009 at 17:01

    That sounds like an interesting book. I’ve read a couple of books on writing so far. Some of them are rather… redundant and repetitive.

    One I found very interesting was:
    The 101 Habits of highly successful Novelists – Insider Secrets from Top Writers by Andrew McAleer.

    It has several mystery authors and not many that I had heard of but it’s a good read.

  2. Crys said,

    25 January 2009 at 23:04

    I totally have that book! My thesis advisor made me read it before I started my novel. I’ll confess I never finished it, but I think it made some really good points in the part I did read. 😉

  3. Les Edgerton said,

    15 March 2010 at 11:42

    Just wanted to thank you for the props you gave my book, “Hooked.” I really appreciate and am gratified to see that it’s helped your own writing.

    Blue skies,
    Les Edgerton

    P.S. Crys, I’m dying to know what school and who your thesis advisor were. Tell him/her I said thanks, please.


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