One of my favourite opening lines is from Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen.
"I am ninety. Or ninety-three. One or the other."
I like it because it's intriguing and raises questions: Who's speaking? We can see someone with attitude, determined, not letting old age ailments such as lack of memory bother him / her. It has got a distinctive voice and hints at strong character.
I don't know if it lives up to its promise, because I've not read the novel. Apparently the author penned down the first draft during a NaNoWriMo.
'Water for Elephants' is one of my all time favourite novels. Epic, circus, fair ground, great characters, tragic and hilarious, love story, coming of age, friendship, a story which actually happens (don't get me started on novels with a whole chapter devoted to a character alighting from a train, not my thang), oh and the elephant.
That's a very good point. I often get annoyed with opening paras and opening chapters, where I need to go back and reread to get the gist of it. Simple and sure start is best with loads of meaning. It's amazing how we can write deep ideas with simple words.
The 4 pillars of good writing: Simplicity, Clarity, Brevity and Humanity. That's my list. I like it, it woks for me not only for beginings but for the whole novel too.
I've always admired the way he could describe a place or person in one, clever sentence. He also had the knack of covering boring but necessary links between scenes in a similarly neat way. A real master of his craft!
So, you’re getting published. Your agent has persuaded a publisher to take on your book – job done, right? Wrong (and a good thing too, otherwise this blog post would be woefully short)!
There are a lot of people involved in turning your manuscript into a book – and to make sure that your book sells. One of the departments that you might not know much about is the publicity department.
I’m privileged to have a PR director from Penguin Random House as a mentor, and I’d like to share with you 5 things every author needs to know about book publicists.
1) They help to determine whether your book is brought on-board.
Before purchasing your book, a publishing house will hold an acquisi
We at Jericho Writers know how important it is to spend some quality time with your significant other this Valentine’s day…and by significant other, we do of course mean your ever-dependable manuscript. After facing one another across a dimly lit table (it’s surprising how much light laptops can create), you might find that the passion you’ve been holding onto will reignite and boldly take the form of poetic prose.
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