It can be said that a good book hooks the reader in early on in the story and does not let go until the final page.
Noah Lukeman’s 2000 book, The First Five Pages: The Writers Guide To Staying Out Of The Rejection Pile is about just that. It is a guide to writing a novel that will grab the reader quickly and force them to continue reading.
W. Somerset Maugham said the following about writing:
There are three rules for writing. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.
While this is true to a certain extent, I believe books like Mr. Lukeman’s and many others provide guidance to all writers, regardless of their experience.
I liked this book very much. Writing, like any art, requires not just talent, but hard work and a little elbow grease. What I liked about this book is that the advice is very practical and can be applied to all writers.
I recommend it.