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A Novelist’s Tips on Writing Leads to Hook Readers

In this guest post, novelist William Meikle offers tips on writing leads (“killer opening lines”) – and keeping your readers hooked.

But first, I have to share a quip from Annie Dillard on how to be a successful writer:

“One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time,” says Dillard. “Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book: give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water.”

Take Annie Dillard’s advice and shmoosh it in with William Meikle’s writing tips below, and you’ll be a writer of leads that hook readers before you know it!  To get a feel for Meikle’s writing (he’s the author of 9 books and several screenplays), click on the book cover.Read More »A Novelist’s Tips on Writing Leads to Hook Readers

7 Ways to Write Effective Leads or Introductions to Hook Readers

These ways to write effective leads or introductions that hook readers are from a variety of editors, writers, and creative gurus. I’ve also included several examples of their writing tips in action.

First, some good news from a professional writer:

“Editors need freelancers,” writes Thomas Williams in Get Paid to Write: The No-Nonsense Guide to Freelance Writing. “They depend on them. The freelancers they do business with are their stock in trade. Editors and freelance writers are not antagonists but natural collaborators.”

Your editor is your ally – not your enemy! To get and stay on good terms with editors (and readers), consider the following seven tips for writing effective leads or introductions that hook readers. And for more information about the freelance writing book Get Paid to Write by Thomas Williams, click the book cover.Read More »7 Ways to Write Effective Leads or Introductions to Hook Readers