Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go

Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go

by Les Edgerton

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ISBN-13: 9781582976914
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 03/29/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 334,770
File size: 681 KB

About the Author

Les Edgerton (MFA, Vermont College) is a novelist and author of Finding Your Voice. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2001, Kansas Quarterly, Arkansas Review, North Atlantic Review, Chiron Review, and many others. His honors include a Pushcart Prize nomination, Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination, and an Indiana Arts Commission Fellowship.

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Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Mimi828 More than 1 year ago
Have read this book twice and on my third reading; find new things to apply to my writing every reading!!! A must have for every creative writer's resource library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an instruction manual - a "how-to" for opening lines, opening paragraphs for fiction, short stories, or novels. It's been a long while since I've read this type of book, but never-the-less I usually enjoy them. So, my review is from the standpoint of a fan of writing books. That said, this is a great book. It reads easy; it is not a boring list of instruction to slog through. It's fun, yet it contains much good advice with interesting and entertaining examples by familiar authors. I doubt a writer can read this book without gaining a few new nuggets to consider, and not merely regarding beginnings. Writers of reports at the office, articles or blogs, short stories, or novels, all should gain something. To writers of all stripes, I recommend this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The information in this book is great. Edgerton helps authors avoid having buyers put books back down and halps them avoid the "sagging middle."
Guest More than 1 year ago
Book Review HOOKED: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go By Les Edgerton Writer¿s Digest Books, 2007 THE BOOK ABOUT BEGINNINGS Books about fiction-writing tend to fall into one of three categories: · A-Z books, which address a wide spectrum of fiction-writing issues · Quasi-biographical books, which are as much about the author as they are about writing · Narrow-focus books, which take an in-depth look at a specific aspect of fiction-writing Hooked, by Les Edgerton, focuses on one aspect of fiction-writing: beginnings. In general, readers should expect a narrow-focus book to: · Adequately address its topic of focus, compiling and reorganizing the body of existing information · Debunk misinformation and out-of-date practices about the topic · Offer new ideas and insight about the topic Les Edgerton has accomplished all of these in Hooked. Why a whole book about beginnings? As explained by Edgerton, ¿The simple truth is, if your beginning doesn¿t do the job it needs to, the rest of the story most likely won¿t be read by the agent or editor or publisher you submit it to.¿ Edgerton addresses misinformation and out-of-date practices from a historical perspective and as they relate to literary fiction. Whenever an author sheds new light on a subject, there is a risk that someone will be offended: no exception here. Writers, of any genre, in the habit of beginning stories with hefty servings of backstory or description get an earful. Those who believe that studying the classics is the key to understanding fiction may be turned off by Edgerton¿s take on beginnings: ¿. . . many of the great books from the past aren¿t practical structure models for today¿s market, particularly in the way some of those books begin.¿ And, ¿Beginnings have changed more than any other part of story structure.¿ Likewise, fans of literary fiction may take exception to some of Edgerton¿s observations. ¿Bookscan has revealed the decline of what is usually referred to as literary fiction. This category of fiction may be dying because it has stuck with the story structure model of yesteryear much more so than any other category.¿ To Edgerton¿s credit, Hooked goes beyond a mere regurgitation and reorganization of the subject of beginnings. A cornerstone of Edgerton¿s lesson is the distinction between what he refers to as the initial surface problem and the story-worthy problem. Edgerton also breaks new ground by introducing the concepts of: · Passive vs. active description · Passive vs. active backstory As with any new concept, time will tell whether these will be accepted by the writing community and incorporated into the body of knowledge surrounding the craft of fiction-writing. One of the challenges of any narrow-focus book is to take a subject (which is typically addressed in a magazine article or as a single chapter of a book) and fill a book-sized manuscript without resorting to repetition, filler, and padding. Although though some points are belabored and some of the examples are a bit tedious, there is plenty of valuable information and insight in Hooked. Critics of the book may note that some of the examples are overly literary and fall flat for writers of other genres, but Edgerton more than makes up for this shortfall with examples from popular movies. Although Edgerton pays homage to the use of scene and sequel, he doesn¿t adequately explain either, or how they may be used to construct beginnings. More information about fiction-writing modes would have been helpful. Maybe future editions of Hooked will address these issues. Hooked is organized into eleven chapters: · Story structure and scene · Opening scenes · Inciting incident, initial surface problem, story-worthy problem · Setup and backstory · Combining inciting incident, story-worthy problem, initial surface problem, setup, and backstory · Introducing characters · Foreshadowing, lan
rebeccaslibrary on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book is a must read for all writers whose stories have an arch, be it fiction or creative nonfiction! Fabulous examples of what works and clear explainations of why it works.
jbrubacher on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A book about beginnings, how to plan and execute a great start to your novel. There's a lot of good advice here. But it's very wordy, perhaps twice as long as it needed to be, and many of the examples of amazing beginnings don't seem to "hook" the way the author advertises. This is a useful book to skim.
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Its a weird book
ChristineRains More than 1 year ago
I've been to lots of writing classes, seminars, and workshops. I've heard many a time that you need to hook your reader right away. How do you do that? I've never gotten an answer that really helped me. Until now. HOOKED wiped the fog from my brain. Writing beginnings has never seemed so clear. It's easy to understand and follow. Each section gives you an important key: story-worthy problem, inciting incident, background. Edgerton helps to sweep away all the extra stuff and focus on what is vital to the story. He's funny and uses a lot of fantastic examples. There were many times I went "wow" or "oh!" It's brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. A writer friend of mine lent me this book. It's one of the greatest gifts she has ever given me. HOOKED is a book every writer needs to read.
Scott_Kennedy More than 1 year ago
An extremely useful and practical book, that lays out the elements of story openings. It describes the strengths and weaknessness of these elements, provides terrific examples, and it all written in a lightly humorous tone that makes it go down easy. This book illuminated a number of problems for me, personally, that I was having with backstory and setup, and will make a beneficial impact on my writing. Buy it! Read it. If you write with any intent to sell, it's worth your money and time. This is one of those books that can take years off the learning curve needed to becoming a writer with sales.
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WriteRight More than 1 year ago
Edgerton presents his basic premise in the first few pages. It's worth the cost of the book. After that he needlessly reiterates his points in a folksy ramble. Included is a dismissal of Melodrama that belies his appeal to the importance of current taste and dramatic development. The book claims to be the only work focused exclusively on the beginnings of written works. It's not. Noah Lukeman's The First Five Pages is in a class by itself: the crafted ruminations of an actual editing professional.
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