Hi everyone! I think we all know how crucial those first five pages of your manuscript are. It needs to provide your hook, immerse the reader, and get your plotline moving QUICKLY! But sometimes its difficult to figure out just what
to put in your first five pages. Here are a variety of articles to help!The First Five Pages:
In just the first few pages, preferably in the first few paragraphs, you have to:
- Place a hook.
- Introduce the protagonist.
- Introduce the protagonist's main story problem.
- Establish the story's setting and genre.
- Establish the tone of the story.
]How to Make Your First Five Pages Grab an Agent or Editor:
You don't want to start off with your character doing ordinary, boring
everyday things like waking up, having breakfast and getting dressed, etc. Yet a lot of newbies do. This will get your work tossed out before the first page. Unless something important to the story or something amazing is about to happen in these instances, do not start your story with them. You'll only bore the reader. Start with the beginning of the story.
]Create a Relatable Character:
The character does not necessarily have to be “sympathetic” or likable,
but a writer wants the reader to at least relate to the character on some level (“empathetic”) and want to continue reading the story.
]Show Current Action, Not Past Action:
You show it as
it happens, moment by moment, in strict chronological order.
]A Manuscript's Opening Tone:
The first line should hook the reader instantly. Typically the ‘hook’
is accomplished by composing a question to the reader, often indirectly.
Feel free to post more tips/articles in the comments and I will add them in :)