How Not to Begin a Novel

Those first pages make all the difference. If you do not capture an agent’s, editor’s, or reader’s attention from the beginning, those eyes will move on to another story. In this post, literary agents tell us what not to include.

Writer Unboxed » What NOT to Do When Beginning Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents.

7 Deadly Sins of Prologues–Great Novel Beginnings Part 2 | Kristen Lamb’s Blog

If you have started your book with a prologue, here is something you should read from Kristen Lamb. Her entire blog, by the way, is fantastic!

7 Deadly Sins of Prologues–Great Novel Beginnings Part 2 | Kristen Lamb’s Blog.

Prologue in Fiction | The Editor’s Blog

From an editor, here’s a well-thought-out post on the pros and cons of prologues from a contemporary point of view. It starts with the pros. which, if you have used one, you already know. Keep reading. You may need yours, but you do need to know why they are less common in contemporary fiction than in works written 30, 40, 0r 50 years ago.

Prologue in Fiction | The Editor’s Blog.

One Industry Professional’s Take on Prologues

Good sense about prologues from author and former agent Nathan Bransford.

Prologues | Nathan Bransford, Author.