the book stack: leads
One of my goals this summer was to revise and resubmit my query for a young adult novel. Part of the process has been to rewrite my lead again. (What’s the word for again when it’s like the five hundredth time of doing something?)
One of the best responses I can get as a writer is to know when my writing has energy. At the writing retreat, someone gave me this advice about the lead of my YA project. After giving myself another talking-to about being willing to revise (even if I’ve already revised six thousand times), I tackled the lead again.
I pulled a few books off my mentor text shelf…
|This week’s book stack — mentors for writing strong leads.
I wanted to make sure they were diverse titles, because I wanted to study the leads. I read a few pages of each and began to notice some techniques to writing an engaging lead. I was reminded of all kinds of things I already knew about writing leads. Things like…
- Make the reader care about the character.
- Don’t show all of your cards — make the reader wonder and ask a few questions.
- Establish a mood and make it wrap around your reader.
- Good writing matters. Craft well. Make the words dance.
The leads of all of these were effective, because even though I’ve read them all several times, I couldn’t stop reading after just a few pages. Yep, I’ve been up into the wee-morning hours reading these stories that captured me the first time and continue to do so each time I open the covers.