Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go by Les Edgerton
rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book has a conversational style that keeps you turning pages. I also found it to be thought-provoking about current projects I’m writing. It’s helpful to think about the beginning, but the author also makes a good point that most books about writing don’t include how to look at a project as a whole. I’d recommend this to any would-be writer.
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All right- it took me a while to finish it. Part of it was that I had to think while I was reading it. I ought to devote more time to reading.
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.