4 Mistakes that Doom the First Page of Your Manuscript – by Janice Hardy…

on Fiction University:

Your novel’s first page is the last chance you get to hook your reader.

Writing your first page might be one of the scariest moments in writing a novel. So much is riding on it, and that’s a lot of pressure to deal with while you’re trying to craft the perfect opening line, or find the right voice for the story.

First off, relax.

Yes, the first page is important, but you don’t have to get it right on a first draft, or any draft until the finaldraft. You have plenty of time to craft a first page that will wow readers, agents, and editors. Many writers don’t even know what the right first page is until they’re written the end of the book.

But don’t ignore it either, because first pages really are as critical as everyone says. No matter how awesome the idea for a novel sounds, if you read that first page and it’s a total dud—you don’t read on. And if a reader is peeking into your novel to see if it hooks them, and it doesn’t, bye-bye sale.

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3 thoughts on “4 Mistakes that Doom the First Page of Your Manuscript – by Janice Hardy…

    • First up, f**k fear! Beat it to a quivering mass of proto pond-scum with a large stick, and kick it soundly in it’s fundament and thence out the door! 😀
      … next, it doesn’t matter if your first page doesn’t hit the mark while you’re writing the rest of the story. That’s what the rewrite/editing process is for. You never know in this game, what the end product is actually going to look like by the time you get back to it after finishing the rest of the story, It just might end up being better than, ‘captivating’.
      Katharine Mansfield once said, “Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.’

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