Firsts In Fiction
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (September 18, 2012)
Admit it: you’ve gone to your local book store, picked up a book, and skimmed the opening page. Don’t be ashamed. You’re not alone.
Now, as a writer, ask yourself this: if a casual consumer picked up your story, your novel, what would they think of your first line? Scary thought? If you’re a writer, chances are you’ve been stuck on how to craft an opening line. This book can help.
Analyzing some of the greatest first lines in fiction can help us find the techniques the masters used in creating some of the most enduring lines in literature. But more than just a simple analysis, this book will show you how to compress things like character, conflict, voice, and setting into a line that will embody an entire work, and immediately establish your authority as a writer. After reading this book, you’ll have the confidence and tools to craft a first line that will make editors and casual consumers stand up and take notice. And regardless of the words you choose to use, your first lines will say, very loudly, very proudly, “This is a book you have to read.”
Gansky’s clear and concise style reels you in, keeps you on the hook, and makes you forget you are learning. An enjoyable and informative resource for any writer wanting to hone their craft. Go ahead. Take the bait. It’s worth getting caught!
Every story needs a first line that makes you wiggle in your seat. Something that makes the reader WANT to read on. Something, that when they say, “Why should I care?” makes them care. First lines, first paragraphs and first chapters make or break a story. Gansky puts his teaching techniques to the test as he guides writers to develop strong hooks that keep the readers hanging on. This little book is an awesome addition to your writing library. Get it. Read it. Use it. Learn from it.
A small package with a big message. Aaron D. Gansky takes us on an enlightening tour of engaging first lines from the masters. If you’re a nonfiction writer, don’t let the title discourage you from picking this up. The lessons inside will challenge both the newby and the experienced writer to leave the lowlands behind.