Any story that wants to capture the attention of an agent or editor right away has to have an attention-grabbing opener. I'm sure you've heard that advice a hundred different times, but I'm writing about this today, because I'm beginning to understand just how important this is. I gave a copy of the first chapter of my novel out to a friend and and asked her, "So, what d'you think of it?" and she replied, "It's really good." I asked, "What would you give it on a scale of 1-10." She said, "Seven ... no, actually, a six." I was okay with seven, I would've been happier with ten, but to me, 7 was acceptable. When she changed it to a six, though, I knew I'd have to rework it so the action come first-thing. She said that the action part was good, but I realized it's at the end of the chapter. So, quick advice: Open with action, continue with action, close with action. Don't even explain anything in your Opener until after the action. Action, action, action.
Together, the Rentable Writer and his sidekick Gringy are on a mission to help aspiring writers everywhere. Will they succeed?
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My sidekick Gringy and I are here to inspire those writers who wish to break out of their shells ... or who already have, but now need help learning how to fly. (I hate analogies [or is that a deformed metaphor?] like that. Gringy doesn't.)
Random Fact about Me, RW: One of my secret desires is to live in a slush pile -- all that undiscovered crappy goodness.