Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Whip-It UP Wednesdays!

Hey, Hey, Hey!!! It's Wednesday!!

How in the heck is the week treating you?!

Mine? It's about to get a whole LOT better! Tomorrow is my date Dr. McDreamy! Wah-hoo! I'll be getting the 'deets' as to time and place sometime today and after that . . . it's all over but the waiting!

All I can say is, "Oh, chocolate and diet coke, how I have missed thee!" This mama is gonna take it slow on adding back the flavor- aka the fat!- back into her diet. It's been almost two whole months of living off a Survivor style menu, but I did say good-bye to over 20pounds!

Ha! My hubby has already planned what dish he's cooking for dinner tomorrow night! Aw! What a sweet guy! So, keep your fingers crossed for me, but don't worry, there is an author ready to get grilled in the TLN Hot Seat this Friday. lol Ain't schedulers a grand thing?!

On to In Pursuit of Love news . . .

I've been a VERY good girl this week. (for once *wink, wink*) I've been writing everyday which wasn't something I was doing very often. I realized I hadn't been making my writing as high a priority as I should have. Being a stay-at-home with two young kids there is ALWAYS something that needs to be done, but I need to remember to take time for me. lol I've got to admit, I've been a lot more relaxed!

Here's my progress report: 3368 words since Sunday! I'm not going to kick that out of bed for eating crackers! lol

The new RWR arrived in my mailbox yesterday. An article caught my eye and I thought I'd ask the Q here.

Does a book have to have a "hook" on the first page to keep you reading? If it doesn't have that witty first line, but, maybe a clever and strongly written first paragraph or page, would you keep reading?

I went to the grocery store and, of course, stopped by the book rack (shh! our secret!) and I scanned the six Regency books offered. It was very intriguing to see what constituted a "hook". For some, it was that 'snag-ya' first line for others it was more of a clever lead-in.

Amazing how even a trip to get a nightlight and a box of cereal turned into a writing lesson!

So, tell me, how do you set up your "hook"?


Kaye Manro said...

Ahh, Sarah. That opening hook and set up. So hard to do but oh so important! I love good openings and like you, I've been seen standing in bookstores reading the first pages of books. Some openings are fantastic, some not so much. But the thing that bothers me most is a book with a great opening hook and after that, a let down in which the rest of the book falls short. I've seen this in blurbs as well.

Helen Hardt said...

First, Sarah, major congratulations on such a great wordcount! You're my inspiration. I've got to get cranking.

I like to set up my hook in the first sentence if possible. A lot of times I'll start smack dab in the middle of an event or conversation, so the reader is drawn immediately in.

Cari Quinn said...

Amazing wordcount, Sarah! WOOHOO! And good luck with your surgery! *hugs*

As for hooks, I'm pondering that very subject lately but haven't really gathered my thoughts yet. Feel another blog post coming on...

Debra Kayn said...

Good luck with your surgery. I'll be thinking about you. :-)

Yep, gotta have that hook. The first paragraph has to grab you and make you want to know what happens next.

Woohoo on the word count. You go girl! When the kids are young, every word you succeed at putting down is quite the accomplishment.

Donna O'Brien said...

Hey Sarah Smiles!

I will echo everyone and wish you luck on your surgery...although since this is a late post, you may have already had it. LOL

I also want to ask you a question...which of those Regency books did you most want to buy based on their hooks?

I like to get my hook in the first line or definitely the first paragraph if possible. I guess because it's been pounded into my brain, but also because that's how I shop for books as well. I will read the back, but alas, I've been fooled! I will actually open the book and read the first page. I've been know to shut the book and place it in my cart (or my simple click it into my online cart...thank you Amazon!) after merely reading an opening line.

Congrats on your word count girlie!!