hooks

  1. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 8: The Opening: Various Possibilities

    Lesson 8: The Opening: Various Possibilities The purpose of this lesson is to zoom in on the various options you may have for your opening chapter. We’ll begin by taking out the folder you labeled The Premise. Read your premise very carefully. What did you want to accomplish? Keeping that...
  2. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 7: The Opening: Considering the Hooks

    Lesson 7: The Opening: Considering the Hooks The first folder will be filled up with—you guessed it—the beginning of your novel. A person can write the best book ever and have a lousy beginning. However, because the opening page failed to capture the agents’ and editors’ interest, the book will...
  3. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 7: The Opening: Considering the Hooks

    Lesson 7: The Opening: Considering the Hooks The first folder will be filled up with—you guessed it—the beginning of your novel. A person can write the best book ever and have a lousy beginning. However, because the opening page failed to capture the agents’ and editors’ interest, the book will...
  4. Sandy Vaile

    Craft Fantastic First Pages: Reel readers and publishers in with a dazzling first chapter with Sandy Vaile

    We all know how vital a dazzling first chapter is to attracting agents, publishers, readers and competition wins, but it’s also the hardest part of the story, right? Have you rewritten your first chapter about a million times (no exaggeration), changed where the story starts and agonized over...
  5. Lori Devoti

    Homework Week One - Homework

    Homework: Take a day and research what hooks and settings are hot with cozy readers. Visit Amazon and search the best-selling page for cozy mysteries Amazon Best Sellers: Best Cozy Mystery or just the cozy page… Amazon.com: Cozy - Mystery: Books: Animals, Culinary, Crafts & Hobbies & More Pay...
  6. Angela Knight

    Lecture Lesson 9: First Lines and First Pages

    09_First Lines and First Pages By Angela Knight In this lesson I want to share the work I did today on the first chapter of my WIP, Master of the Hunt. Please note this is a first draft, so the final version will probably be a bit different as I continue to refine the work. My objective...
  7. LC Hayden

    Lecture Sparkling Writing Lesson 3: Make Contact with the Reader

    Sparkling Writing Lesson 3 Make Contact with the Reader So far, you’ve noticed a tremendous improvement on your writing. You’ve chosen a “hot” topic and while writing the piece, you kept your audience in mind and are gearing every word toward that invisible audience. Unfortunately, you’re...
  8. Lori Devoti

    Lecture First lesson...

    What exactly is a cozy mystery? The term “cozy” first came into use in the late 20th century. I’m not sure who the very first cozy mystery author was but Agatha Christie is certainly who I think of first when thinking “cozy.” Her stories are classics that feature many of the things cozies are...
  9. K

    Discussion Week IV Keeping Your Reader Hooked

    Week Four- Keeping Your Reader Hooked 1. Chapter Hooks Never end the chapter with your character going to sleep or anything similar like leaving the room, heading to work or school. Doing those things creates a sense of completion, that everything is good for now. You don’t want to give your...
  10. K

    Discussion Week III The All Important Opening Hook

    Week III The All Important Opening Hook 1. Red Flags Never, ever, begin your story with action and then reveal it was a dream. Or, on the other hand, end the whole story by saying it was a dream. You will most likely be rejected by every agent and editor out there. Don’t open your story with...
  11. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 7 The Opening: Considering the Hooks

    Lesson 7 The Opening: Considering the Hooks The first folder will be filled up with—you guessed it—the beginning of your novel. A person can write the best book ever and have a lousy beginning. However, because the opening page failed to capture the agents’ and editors’ interest, the book will...
  12. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 3: Making Contact with the Reader

    Sparkling Writing Lesson 3 Make Contact with the Reader So far, you’ve noticed a tremendous improvement on your writing. You’ve chosen a “hot” topic and while writing the piece, you kept your audience in mind and are gearing every word toward that invisible audience. Unfortunately, you’re...
  13. Michelle Karl

    Lecture Week One, Part 1B: Those Tricky Ingredients – Tropes vs. Hooks

    Week One, Part 1B: Those Tricky Ingredients – Tropes vs. Hooks Marriage of convenience! Secret babies! Amnesia! FBI agent! Amish heroine! Small town! Tropes and hooks are the backbone of category romance, making the mastery of these elements critical to finding success within the genre...
  14. Yolanda.Ashton

    Lecture Chapter Hooks & Writing Practices

    This is the last lecture from Four critical steps to polishing your romance. I have enjoyed sharing information with you and hope the information presented will help you polish your romance. Today's lecture is all about chapter hooks and improving your writing practices. Chapter Hooks Every...
  15. Becky Martinez

    Craft Let's Edit! with Becky Martinez

    You’ve written “The End” to your story and now you’re ready to send it out. Wait! Not so fast. You need to spend some time making certain that your final product is the best you can offer, whether you are sending it off to an editor or to publish the book yourself. Learn how to edit your story...