November 17, 2011
(Been thinking about first lines today. Here's a tip I thought I'd share for aspiring writers, taken from a craft course taught at the 2011 Writers League of Texas' Agents Conference)
Question #1: What's the most important part of a manuscript you want to sell?
Answer: the first five pages.
And really, the first page.
And really, the first paragraph.
And really, the first sentence.
That sounds crazy, but let's just admit that this whole writing and publishing thing IS crazy. (Now. Feel better?) So, how's your hook? When was the last time you took a second look at the first page of your manuscript? Let's put this another way: