WRITING Secrets: How to Transform your First Five Pages

first-five-pagesDo you want your novel to immediately STAND OUT from the vast competition? And attract the attention of Agents and Publishers? I’ve discovered an inspirational book and its radically turning my writing around. This ultimate writing manual‘s transforming my prose into a higher more successful level. Its converting my text into something more vibrant. More energetic. Something far more publishable.

You MUST read bestselling book, The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile’ by New York agent, Noah Lukeman. He shares his insights into what it takes to keep an editor reading your manuscript.

What will The First Five Pages do for YOU?

•    suggest ways to amp the opening pages of your book to hook the reader in

•    instruct you how to develop your characters and settings to the max

•    teach you the difference between melodramatic, commonplace or confusing dialogue

•    help you to pace your story evenly and progress your story to a satisfying level for the reader

These outstanding qualities must be apparent from the First Five pages and continue on throughout  your narrative.

What have I gained personally from The First Five Pages ?

•    forced me to examine my own writing critically

•    learned new techniques on how to analyse common writing mistakes

•    immersed myself in examples of poor writing and explanations on how to “fix” it

•    completed writing exercises at the end of each chapter, reinforcing advanced writing techniques

A GIANT thank you to Brisbane memoir writer, Tabitha Bird for recommending it to me.

I shared this book to my Sisters in Crime Brisbane group and Logan Genre Writers club. I highly recommend you beg, borrow or buy this book NOW. It’s a MUST read for every novice writer or published veteran. The First Five Pages is now part of the curriculum in dozens of writing programs throughout the world.

What are my HOT #5 books on Writing?

1. The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman

2. Story by Robert McKee

3. Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

4. On Writing by Stephen King

5. Writing down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.

What books have profoundly transformed your writing?

What books do you recommend?

I’m WOWed by The First Five Pages and I urge you to read it ASAP.

It’ll be the best writing decision you’ve ever made 🙂

Hoping the Publishers  will “see” the difference.

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13 comments to WRITING Secrets: How to Transform your First Five Pages

  • Susan

    Congratulations Karen on this fab book review and recommendation.Can’t wait to read it.

  • Thanks Susan, I really believe in the power of this book and I hope it will really transform your writing. Good luck 🙂

  • Joanna Gaudry

    Thanks, Karen. Did you order it online? I want to read this book. I’ve read (and loved) Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ a couple of times. I also own – on your earlier blog recommendations- ‘Story’ by Robert McKee, ‘Inside Story: the power of the transformational arc’ by Data Marks, and ‘How Fiction Works’ by James Wood. I’m still to read the latter three. Oh’ and I also own ‘Rewrite’ by Paul Chitlik. Again, unread as yet. Joanna :))

  • Joanna Gaudry

    ^… by Dara Marks, I mean. Predictive text on phone took over. Can’t wait to get my dad’s old Notebook tomorrow. Been too long without a computer.

  • Hi Joanna, I actually borrowed it from the library and I’ve extended the borrowing time to read it twice its that good. You won’t be disappointed. Its on amazon too. Thanks for your book suggestions too. I’ll make a note.

  • Hi Joanna, I couldn’t live without a computer! The notebook will be perfect for you. Hope to catch up at the QWC Xmas party 🙂

  • Graham Clements

    Hi Karen,

    I own the First Five Pages, I haven’t read it yet, I will try and read it before I rewrite the novel I am working on. I have started reading McKee’s Story, it was one of the many text books I bought for my masters – about the only one I didn’t read right through though. I think I saw that Charlie Kaufman film where he has a go at McKee and that contributed to me stopping reading Story. I agree Stephen Kings on Writing is very good, it made me feel that becoming a successful author is possible. I think the Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler, which most writers have heard of and many have read, can be a useful book. You don’t have to follow his outline, but it is useful to know. Word Magic for Writers, by Cindy Rogers also showed me lots of descriptive writing techniques.

    Graham.

  • Heather Golding

    Thanks for those great tips on writing the first five pages Karen. Although I haven’t yet read the book you recommend, I have gained a much better insight into the correct art of writing over these past few months through the personal contact I’ve had with yourself and other writer’s, critiquing and advising me on suitable changes to my memoir ms to help make it read much better. Also I find when reading other books, such as memoirs, this has given me an insight into just how a memoir should be written, to hook in the reader! 🙂

  • Tab

    Hey 🙂
    Wow. Glad you liked it. Yeah, it did big these for my writing too. Took me from beginner to a little more advanced lol!
    It was recommended to me by a fellow writer and critique partner in the US. She is now an agented author. So keep on keeping on. It’s a long road and not for the fainted hearted, but every time I am published every competition I win I realize I am one step closer to my goals. 🙂
    Keep writing Karen. Determination like yours is sure to be paid.

  • Hi Graham, Once you start reading First Five Pages you won’t be able to stop. Its inspiring, entertaining and compulsive reading. Thanks so much for your book recommendations. I’ll check if my library has them 🙂

  • Thanks Heather for dropping by. I’ve watched your confidence and your writing skills grow and develop. Reading The First Five pages will promise to take your writing techniques to the next level 🙂

  • Hi Tab,
    Thanks again for sharing this transformational book. Glad we can support each other’s writing goals … Every day closer to MORE publishing 🙂

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