6 Ways Not To Start Your Novel

Posted: February 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

Short, sweet and great advice.

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

Once Upon A Time pencil Agents look at countless partial and full manuscripts. What’s one thing that turns us off quick? Unoriginal and unexciting openings.

Here’s my top 6 ways not to start your novel.

1. A prologue that doesn’t make any sense to us at this time

This is a common case of over-writing and not thinking from the readers’ perspective. If you want to hook a reader from the beginning it’s best not to lose them from the start. No one wants to be confused or think they’re not getting it.

2. Too much action

Many writers hear that we want books to start fast, but they take that one step too far and throw us into action we know nothing about. (If you are writing SciFi/Fantasy this is especially for you because you have some world building to do first.)

3. Too little action

The opposite of too much action: too little…

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