Wait—What? Why?

There it is again, that nagging sensation that you've got a novel inside of you that's dying to find a home on a shelf, or on a tablet, or in the hands of an avid reader. You've come to know the characters that swim in your head, and it's time to mold and develop them on the page.

You've completed your outline, drafted character profiles, pulled the blinds, set your phone to silent and made a fresh pot of coffee - you're ready - it's going to be great - you're ready to book your first signing on 5th Avenue - until you stare at that blank page.

Hold on, all's not lost - there's hope.

It all starts with that oh-so-important opening sentence. The one that instantly pulls your reader into the world you're about to create, "Billy Holder despised Sundays."

Wait—What? Why?

Enquiring minds want to know why our instant hero hates a day of rest, excessive sports and round roasts simmering in crock pots. So they read.

"The clock glowed 5a.m., T-minus seven hours and counting."

What's happening at noon? Is it big? Is it impending doom?

It's an obvious deadline, and readers love a ticking clock. So they read.

"The vampires of Hickory Hill called the meeting to order."

Vampires? What meeting? Did I miss a memo?

Pull them in with those first few words - set the tone, then keep them hooked with the remaining sixty-five thousand.

Take a short string of words and turn it into art for the heart and mind of your reader. That's the challenge.

So they read.

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