Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go
*The first and only fiction-writing book that focuses exclusively on beginnings--no other book on the market addresses story beginning...more
Second; I stopped reading after the third self promoting quote. An author who uses his own work as an example of greater writing is not humble. Furthermore, when I disagree with his opinion, it's hard to trust anything else he has to say on the topic.
Tip: If you're a writer, and you're writing a book about writing, don't use your own work as great examples of anything. Critique your own work. Show how you would want to improve it. Point to other's work that inspires you. N ...more
The beginning of your story is the most important weapon you have to win the reader over. Needless to say that every writer strives to come up with a compelling beginning, and there's tons of advice on creating catchy beginnings out there -- but none of it comes even close to the clarity and practicability of Les Edgerton's "Hooked".
Not only will you get a detailed break-down of what an effective beginning is and how to write one (alo ...more
I have always been a sucker for a great first sentence. As Edgerton explains, this has been the literary standard for quite some time in mode ...more
First the good: Every so often, you might find some sound advice or tips. But you have to look hard.
Now the bad: The book is repetitive and unnecessarily long. The author uses a lot of examples from his own writing (which I don't find good at all). Every time he gives an example lin ...more
The author examines that first sentence, first paragraph, first scene, and shows how critical they are to the success of your book. Firstly, they are needed to grab the reader right away and keep them reading. If your story really doesn't get going for a few pages - too bad. It's going to be back on the shelf or in the ...more
The truth as per Les Edgerton? Even if they skip on such lowly duties as eating, sleeping and spending time with your family, agents and editors only have 24 hours a day and that's not even close to enought time to read through all the manu ...more
And, honestly, I'll say that the first half of the book is helpful, but the seco ...more
In Hooked, Les Edgerton shows aspiring authors how to land the big one — a full reading by an agent or editor. You bait your hook with a strong opening that pulls the reader right into the action — right where the trouble begins. You set your hook with cha ...more
HOOKED wiped the fog from my brain. Writing beginnings has never seemed so clear. It's easy to understand and follow. Each section gives you an important key: story-worthy problem, inciting incident, background. Edgerton helps to sweep away all the extra stuff and focus on what is vital ...more
Mr. Edgerton's humor and warmth is translated into words as he guides and empowers you in the lonesome journey that is that of being a writer. His words mixed with the conversation-like approach touch the reader and fills him with such a positive and realistic (quite the combo) outlook for their future novels, that they truly believe nothing can stop them.
Above crafting a great opening for your book, he goes into backstory, fo ...more
I'd have to agree with the friend who let me borrow her copy of this book, the beginning was helpful but after that there was nothing. I think this book could be more helpful to a beginner writer because there wasn't anything new t ...more
The only reason why it doesn't get 5 stars is because of the book losing a wee bit of focus by the end, and feels a bit padded instead of shock-full of useful information. I know a few reviewers are pissed off at a perceived lack of "modesty" of the author for using his own books as examples, but honestly? I didn't care and it didn't affect the grade. Honestly, and as he mentions it in the bo ...more
Well, Hooked didn't quite live up to that recommendation. My review meter alternated between 2 and 4 stars while I was reading.
In summary, he's got a few great ideas, but he goes over them and over them. He could have gotten his points across in about 40 p ...more
Any writer knows the first pages of a manuscript are the key to acceptance or rejection by agents, publishers, and readers. If the writer can’t grab their readers at the beginning, then that writer has little chance of keeping readers. HOOKED tells writers how to create those intense first chapters by focusing on the elements of opening chapters as well ...more
Hooked has opened my eyes to writing. I really enjoyed this book. I am not sure that I will be writing fiction as a profession, but I can use what I now know by applying it to what I read; I learned how to decipher go ...more
This was excellent!! Every single page has useful information on starting your story and fascinating your reader---whether they're a just a plain old reader or...an editor or agent! Edgerton dives into "what agents, editors, and (ultimately) readers expect.
Learn how to avoid that starting red flag that will cause an editor to toss your manuscript aside. Edgerton defines beginnings: op ...more
Simple formula to start your book:
"A character begins in stability in the world; this world becomes unstable after the introduction of an inciting incident; the character struggles to restore his stability; and a new stability is established as the conclusion, reflecting the change the protagonist has undergone as a result of the struggle. Almost a mathematical formula: Stability ...more
Edgerton seems to be trying to carve a niche for himself, creating new, sometimes confusing and self-contradictory terms for each element of good fiction, and introducing the idea that a good opening (or hook, ergo the name of the text) should contain ten element ...more
For some reason, the constant praise offered to these excerpts irked me after awhile as well. Even among well-written books, not every opening will entice every reader. When offered an example opening sentence, ...more
Lots of great points and examples to get you thinking differen ...more
The author uses his own work (not exclusively, but often) as examples of rock star writing. Also, with all the rhetorial "Wow, wouldn't you just have to read on?" questions...the answer was usually no. No, I wouldn't.
(And for a book that harps on trusting the reader, there were a lot of redundant passages.)
There are lots of five star reviews of this, so perhaps it's just me. YMMV and all tha ...more
Beginnings are the worst. So much pressure to come up with that perfect first sentence to entice readers to keep reading.
But, it’s not just the first sentence. It’s the first paragraph, the first page, the first chapter. Like I said: Pressure.
An opening scene has ten core components:1. The inciting incident,2. The story-worthy problem,3. The initial surface problem,4. The set-up,5. Backstory,6. A stellar opening sentence,7. Language,8. Char...more
So I want to recognize the value I received. But the advice he gave was repetitive (I think the book could have easily been cut in half), and, to be honest, the exa ...more
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