Get Your Readers' Attention -- And Keep It -- From the First World
to the Final Page
Translating that initial flash of inspiration into a complete
story requires careful crafting. So how do you keep your story from
beginning slowly, floundering midway, and trailing off at the end?
Nancy Kress shows you effective solutions for potential problems at
each stage of your story essential lessons for strong
Hook readers, agents, and editors in the first three paragraphs.
Make and keep your story s implicit promise to the reader. Build
drama and credibility by controlling your prose. Consider the price
a writer pays for flashbacks. Reveal character effectively
throughout your story.
Get the tools you need to get your story off to an engaging
start, keep the middle tight and compelling, and make your
conclusion high impact. You ll also find dozens of exercises to
help strengthen your short story or novel. Let this resource be
your guide to successful stories--from the first word to the
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