Today we're getting two quotes about the relationship between a writer and his readers.
The first one is by Stephen King (source: OpenCulture.com):
“An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” King’s discussion of opening lines is compelling because of his dual focus as an avid reader and a prodigious writer of fiction—he doesn’t lose sight of either perspective:
We’ve talked so much about the reader, but you can’t forget that the opening line is important to the writer, too. To the person who’s actually boots-on-the-ground. Because it’s not just the reader’s way in, it’s the writer’s way in also, and you’ve got to find a doorway that fits us both.
This is excellent advice. As you orient your reader, so you orient yourself, pointing your work in the direction it needs to go.
The second one comes from James Patterson:
|I don't want them to get up until it's finished|
Who are the writers who actually didn't make you get up until their story was finished?
Your comments are welcome!