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The First 50 Pages by Jeff Gerke
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bookshelves: writing-craft, non-fiction

This book covers everything you need to do – and everything you should avoid – in the first fifty pages of your novel. From point of view to theme to world building, this book talks about it all.

Honestly, the first half of the book is everything you should already know if you’ve been writing for a while, but it is absolutely necessary for new novelists to read it, study it and apply it.

The second half of the book is a reminder of everything you already know, but sometimes forget to apply. It covers how to do multiple POV correctly, how to write an opening page that captures the reader’s imagination and how to introduce your antagonist in just the right way.

The movie references – especially the ones I have no intention of watching – did confuse me at times, but I got the gist. The references to movies that I’ve watched (like Titanic and Mulan) were illuminating to plot, character and what great openings to stories can accomplish.

A must-have if you want to nail your novel’s opening.

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Reading Progress

September 14, 2017 – Shelved
September 14, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
October 26, 2017 – Started Reading
November 9, 2017 – Shelved as: writing-craft
November 9, 2017 – Finished Reading
April 10, 2018 – Shelved as: non-fiction

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