Tuesday, April 3

Hooked by Les Edgerton

If you want to write a story, you have to start it. If you want readers to read your story, you must hook them in. It all begins with one sentence, then a paragraph, then a page. The beginning of your story is important, which is why this book exists and must be read.

I read this book in the bath. That doesn’t sound like the occupation of a book I value the ownership of but it’s what I do. I fear falling asleep in the bath, just as I fear people dozing off when they begin to read something I have written.

From the importance of the first sentence to the no-no of back story, this book will show you the many different ways you can approach and dissect the beginning of a story. Edgerton is precise in his explanations and uses plenty of examples to help the writer comprehend how to tackle them.

Do you have your inciting incident pegged? How is that foreshadowing coming along? I see you writing that prologue. Stop it this instant!

There are plenty of books on writing which you will just dip into and la-de-da the rest because you are too lazy to read the whole thing and you have to get on to your procrastinating writing. This isn’t one of those books. I was gripped and you will be too.

If you’re struggling with writing the beginning of your story or the one you have is just crud, you need to pick up ‘Hooked’ by Les Edgerton. You won’t regret it.

In accordance with the FTC, Quill Café would like to disclose that the reviewer purchased this book. The opinions expressed are hers alone and no monetary compensation was offered to her by the author or publisher. Cover art is copyright of Writers Digest Books and is used solely as an aide to the review.

1 comment:

Les Edgerton said...

Thanks for the shout-out of my lil blue book, Keri! Send me your email and I'll send you something as a small thank-you. Mine is butchedgerton at comcast dot net. (All lower case).

Also, I'd recommend two other books I find brilliant. Janet Burroway's "Writing Fiction" and Jack Bickham's "Scene & Structure."

Blue skies,