Category Archives: The Craft of Writing

The “Sweet 16” First Lines of Your Manuscript

by Chris Mandeville The first page of your manuscript contains only sixteen lines, and this “sweet sixteen” is an essential tool for hooking a reader. If Page One doesn’t capture the interest of the editor, agent, or book browser, chances are your story will be set aside, so it’s important to make those first sixteen lines as successful as possible.

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Word Power: Words To Use Instead of Good (AN ACHIEVEMENT)

Do you ever find yourself using the word “good” to describe just about anything? Good weather, good movies, good music, good life, good this, good that…good grief but that can be repetitive. The constant re-use of particular words (especially vague ones) can call attention to itself, taking the reader right out of the narrative. It might be time-efficient to use

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