No, really, I promise. Ok, well, this one may take me a little while...
As authors we like our protagonists. We are tempted to protect them from trouble. That temptation must be resisted.
— Donald Maass, Writing the Breakout Novel
There is, in any great opening line, a mini-conflict or tension that is strong enough to carry the reader to the next step in the narrative.
It's said that all writers are thieves. It's also said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Both sayings are true.
— Elizabeth Lyon, Manuscript Makeover
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