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You Can’t Hook a Reader with a Yawn

on April 9th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Writers only have a few pages to ensnare readers. Learn why yawns and a description of the weather are not effective story hooks.

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First Impressions and Introductions

on March 6th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

What firsts do readers look for in stories? The introduction of the protagonist, the first clash between main character and his chief antagonist, the first meet between hero and heroine? Put reader expectations to use and write strong introductions and firsts.

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Invite Readers into Your Story

on August 11th, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Invite readers into your story with a compelling open. Readers want to be enticed into new worlds—make yours an attractive one, a world readers will willingly step into, willingly stay in while your fictional events unfold.

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How to Hook Your Readers

on June 14th, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Entice your readers with a book opening that’s irresistible. Write compelling fiction that will draw the reader into the story from the first page, first paragraph, first words. Grab the reader with an intriguing character, an intricate plot, a convincing tone. Get a gimmick and put it to work.

Hook your readers.

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