A word from Alan Baxter

Over here, Alan Baxter contemplates the different ways of getting a reader in … grabbed by the throat or gently teased?

I’ve been thinking about the generally accepted premise that you need to grab readers in the first few lines of a story. I think for short fiction this is certainly true. You’re usually trying to get noticed in a slush pile several feet deep and an editor needs to be interested right from the outset. You need to convince that editor that in your 5,000 words or so you’re going to tell a clever, interesting and engaging story. There’s very little room for leisure in the opening paragraphs of short fiction. But is it also true of novels?

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4 Responses to A word from Alan Baxter

  1. Alan says:

    Aw! Thanks for sharing. There’s some interesting comments on that post now too. People haz opinions and stuff.

  2. Angela says:

    People always haz opinions 🙂

  3. Alan says:

    And sometimes they’re even interesting.

    (Also, you need a Subscribe To Comments option on your new shiny!)

  4. Angela says:

    Mmmm, allow me to tell my web designery genius boyfriend.