There’s something so thrilling and delicious about reading a really hooky first sentence or engaging first pages in a book – you just know you’re about to be taken on a great ride.
Is there a writer on the planet who doesn’t want their first pages to thrill, delight and intrigue?
I’m guessing no.
And on a practical level – first pages are generally the first thing judges, editors, publishers and assessors get to see of your work. So take a moment to answer these questions.
There’s no right answer – they’re simply a list of provocations to help you ensuree your first pages are as awesomely shiny as they can be.
Continue reading Want to Hook Your Reader Immediately?
Last month I received an email from a screenwriter client who, after receiving a “thanks but no thanks” letter, wanted to know what I tell myself to fight off the doubts that I’m not good enough. – and stay focused on finishing my story…
It was such a great question and it really started me thinking – what exactly DO I tell myself to fight off the doubts and keep going?
Self-doubt affects just about every writer I know and I’m certainly no stranger to it. Being a writer means endlessly seeking validation and approval from the outside world. And sometimes we just don’t get it. Cue the doubts aka the dark vortex of doubt aka the creeping fingers of dread aka the paralysing, grey corset of doom.
So what do I tell myself to get the crazy under control?
Continue reading How to Fight “The Doubts”