So how long do you think you have got to reel in that reader?
You’ve written three hundred or four hundred pages, so thirty or forty pages to get going?
More like the length of the Amazon ‘Look Inside’ preview, or the equivalent stood at the shelves in your local book store.
The bottom line is, not that long.
So what can you do?
Learn a lesson from the writer/director M. Night Shyamalan.
I’ve been a big fan of Shyamalan for years, in particular The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and The Village.
Scott Myers is doing an awesome series called 30 Days of Screenplays, and he brilliantly breaks down the first seven and a half minutes of the movie, three scenes, which establishes character and plot.
I’m not going to just repeat Myers breakdown, so click on the links and learn from one of the most original writers for screen over the last twenty years, with lessons which will work just as well for novelists.