Man! I’ve been struggling with this for a long time. I’ve changed the opening of my novel, Forgive Me, Alex, about a hundred times.
I was reminded recently, in a Writer’s Digest article by Jacob M. Appel (10 Ways To Start Your Story Better), of the critical importance of the opening hook. It’s not as if I needed reminding, right? I mean, I already knew how important the hook is. Yet the article prodded me to revisit my novel’s opening, which has been bugging me since my previous edit. Guess what?
Yep. I’ve changed it again. I now have it exactly as I want it. I think.
I’ll probably leave it be now. No more changes. Right. We’ll see. I’d love to know what you think. Just navigate to my NOVEL: FORGIVE ME, ALEX page, where you’ll find my first chapter. I welcome and appreciate all feedback—even if you’re a snarky curmudgeon. 🙁 (I’m sure you’re not.)
If you’ve been struggling with your own hook (or even if you think you have it right), I recommend you read that article by Appel. It’s worth revisiting… because the HOOK is critical!
‘Til next time, and as always, remember: To write well, you must work hard. To succeed in this tough gig, you mustn’t be lazy (or discouraged).