18 min

16.28: Common First-Page Mistakes Writing Excuses

    • Books

Your Hosts: DongWon Song, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler



Let's have a frank, and possibly painful discussion about the ways in which the first page can go wrong. It may seem like hackneyed writing advice, but rules like "don't start with the main character waking up" are rules for a reason.  In this episode we'll talk about those reasons, and why it's so unlikely for books which break them to succeed with readers.



Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson

Your Hosts: DongWon Song, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler



Let's have a frank, and possibly painful discussion about the ways in which the first page can go wrong. It may seem like hackneyed writing advice, but rules like "don't start with the main character waking up" are rules for a reason.  In this episode we'll talk about those reasons, and why it's so unlikely for books which break them to succeed with readers.



Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson

18 min