Monday, August 3, 2009

The first 3 pages: Part 4

Last week we looked at the first three pages, now we’re going to pull it all together.

Day 1: What questions were introduced?
Day 2: What physical senses were engaged?
Day 3: What emotions were engaged?

Now think about your own book. How much do you have going on in the first pages? Are you spending so much time trying to tell the reader what happened before they opened the book that you don’t get them involved in the moment? Are we bogged down with interior monologue? Or are you pulling the reader in to the moment and making them feel, taste and experience the moment? Are they wondering about parts of the book? Are there unanswered questions that keep you reading?

How important is that to your book? We’ll talk about that next time.

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