My Book Writing Friend,

The first lines of your story sets the tone for your whole story... so make them powerful!

Just like some of the sales letters and ads I've written, you only have one chance to grab that reader. If that first paragraph doesn't hook them, you've lost them.

How can you reach out and pull that reader into your story? Remember, emotions count!

Don't make the mistake made by many others... leaving out emotions. These can be the emotions exhibited by the characters or those implied by the author.

Let the readers in on how the characters should be responding emotionally to the different situations. Sound difficult? OK, how about this... 

“Closer and closer to the bottom of the stairway, the doctor was now ready to cautiously take his first step to whatever it was that awaited him upstairs. His heart was beating ever faster and drowning out everything else, until suddenly a creak was heard at the top of the stairs...”

Nuf said?
 

Your Helpful Book Writing Friend,

Gil Carlson

P.S. Like these ideas? I have more book writing insight to share with you on this websight of mine such as... Ready to write a great book? Write what you feel, not what you know;  Where to get novel writing ideas - Getting beyond writer's block;  Novel ideas for  creating your story Line; And don't miss out on these 14 Secrets to help you write the Great Novel, I'm sure they will be helpful;  Novel subconscious writing ideas - Writing subconsciously;  Non-fiction book and novel writing motivation tipsMotivating your novel writing abilities; What makes for a good story?; An emotional book writing method.

P.P.S. Also checkout my four copywriting eBooks listed in the right column of this page. Even if you have no interest in copywriting, you just may find some powerful ideas in there to help with your book writing. Or maybe you might want to try your hand at working as freelance copywriter until your book hits No. 1 on the best seller list! Also my Copywriting Headlines and Copywriting Words eBooks may prove to be a great boost to the quality of your book writing. Sure, I'm trying boost sales of my copywriting books, but my main concern is to be as helpful as possible to your writing efforts! 
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