Great tips for authors… I’m revising the draft of my first novel now. Thank you! ~ Bette A. Stevens
1) The opening sentence of a book/chapter/scene should be hooking and make the reader curious enough to read onward.
Like any man, I loved my wife, but these 3 a.m. suicidal thoughts were killing me.
2) The closing sentence of a chapter/scene should never let the reader slip in a bookmark. You need to make the reader want to keep going. Cliffhangers, uncertainty, new questions, they need to be built into that final sentence.
I worked best under pressure–they’d never know how much.
3) There is a power to 3 in using the same word, phrase or sentence structure. Don’t stop at twice, make sure it’s 3 times.
I didn’t want the end of me. Over a girl like her. Or a friend like him. Or a father like mine.
4) Write fresh. Find a new way to describe something. Your readers will thank you.
My jackrabbit pulse began to…
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