It's been a while since I've blogged anything about my book. I've been doing some research and reading about plot and structure as I've been trying to write my book. I must say I've learned quite a few things in what I've read so far. One of the things I've learned is grabbing the reader's attention from the very beginning. I know published authors already know this, but beginning writers may not (me for example).
Did you know we start to make up our minds about other people in the first seven seconds of meeting them? This holds true for novels as well, and this is why they say the beginning has to be strong. Without a strong beginning you run the risk of losing your readers before they even get to the middle (Act II) of the novel.
I thought I would share with you some of the things I've learned from my reasearch for new writers. Give the name of a character to create the illusion of reality from the very start, make sure something is happening or about to happen to the Lead(not just anything, it has to be an interruption to their normal life),make sure your descriptions give the reader a feeling of motion. A feeling of motion is a sense that action is or is about to take place.
"A good story is life with the dull parts taken out"....Alfred Hitchcock