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