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This is the 2nd writing book I ve read by Jeff Gerke, and if he has , I m sure I will read them I enjoy Gerke s ability to deliver his information in a casual, easy manner that feels as though I am reading a letter from an old friend and not an instruction manual The essentials of the first 50 pages of your book, what s needed and not needed, are outlined here and backed up with literary and film examples Sprinkled with a little humor, Gerke categorizes, details and explains the writing devices [...]
A pretty good guide for those setting out to tell cinematic 3 act stories that are commercially viable It s concerned with storytelling than actual writing the author uses examples of film than novels and could be just as useful to an aspiring screenwriter While I don t agree that books should be utterly filmic the medium of the novel allows the writer to plumb the internal lives of characters in ways a screen can never capture visualizing scenes to avoid too much telling can be a helpful exer [...]
Beginnings are arguably the most difficult part of any story We have to accomplish so much in such a short amount of time No wonder some of us are driven to drink Fortunately, Gerke has done us all a good turn by applying his many years of editorial experience to boiling down the demands of the first fifty pages into a straightforward and manageable checklist Although I disagree with some of his conclusions, all in all, this book couldn t be spot on It offers help for everything from the openin [...]
The hardest part of reading this book was reading that I can t start a book with a dream sequence or with someone getting out of a car or with a long winded introduction in which I explain everything the reader could possibly need to know in order to understand my story In short every Idea I had for the opening of my novel is now off the table.Don t misunderstand me this not a book of do not s it has plenty of do s In fact Jeff Gerke is very encouraging He never actually says that the world will [...]
4.5 s Jeff Gerke begins the first 50 pages of The First 50 Pages with a review of the submissions process Then he moves on to the meat of the book, which is What Your First Fifty Pages Must Accomplish I found this section engaging, easy to read, and inspiring My highlighter flashed across the pages My pencil filled notebook sheet after sheet with ideas sparked by Gerke s lessons Do I agree with every tiny point in The First 50 Pages No Did I make a tremendous amount of progress on my WIP because [...]
Although this book is titled The First 50 Pages, it really is about perfecting the entirety of your book, using the tools to get you noticed by an agent in the first 50 pages What I admired most about the book were the straightforward examples Many how to writing books have too much fluff in them, and the examples, if any, are not clearly stated, weighted down with off tangent personal experiences, or say what we already know Jeff Gerke uses techniques, such as Can the camera see it in his expla [...]
This book has changed my life.Gerke spends the first section of the book discussing how difficult it is to publish fiction Honest to Pete, by page 13 I was ready to give up the dream However, in true military fashion, he tears you down only to turn around and build you back up again With explicit directions and multiple, clear examples, he shows you how to build a foundation on which your story can stand At the same time, he discusses how to keep your novel from being too formulaic, if you re co [...]
While this book did include a lot of helpful information, it could have been much concise If you have trouble writing beginnings like me, this is definitely a good book to pick up Seems like it was all information I already knew, but having it there in front of me, all in one place, where I could take notes and begin to fit my own story in there, that was great I wasn t too fond of how the book was written It seemed to repeat itself and use example after example where one would have done And th [...]
Between the dorky jokes, Gerke, successfully sells his thesis of how important set up is in a novel.Gerke covers character, setting, first lines and initial suspense building something that stood out from other writers on writing is that Gerke goes to the effort of explaining how to follow the advise he espouses For example rather than just saying your character needs to be sympathetic we are provided with methods of achieving this.In short, a must read for those struggling through the writing p [...]
Immensely helpful I read this at a point in my revision process when I knew my manuscript needed a new beginning and I didn t want to waste any time doing it wrong Again Even though it focuses on the first 50 pages, the advice given is certainly not so limited in its scope Now, however, I feel like I m ruined when it comes to reading sub par openings I will never look at first sentences the same way again.
I seem to consume these books faster than any others This book has given me a lot to think about in terms of my WIP, and I can t wait to get another one of Jeff s books, Plot Versus Character, to see what insights it has for the development of my protagonist Now, I think I might just go back and read this again, a little slowly
This has been the best how to on writing book I ve read so far very comprehensible I think and hope this one will help me a lot Definitely a practical book that delivers its suggestions with clarity.
An invaluable guide to beginning your book This is one for my keeper shelf I know at some point I ll be reading and referencing this book again.
Worth every penny I paid for this book I learned so many helpful tips, tricks, and tactics Recommended for writers, novices or professionals.
My favorite book on writing by far Many books on writing are excellent, but a little boring and hard to get through Not this one It s excellent in content and fun to read.
Good advice in the six things not to do, great for the beginning writer Then it falls apart like a novel with a good first 50 pages that collapses after a strong opening.
This book covers everything you need to do and everything you should avoid in the first fifty pages of your novel From point of view to theme to world building, this book talks about it all.Honestly, the first half of the book is everything you should already know if you ve been writing for a while, but it is absolutely necessary for new novelists to read it, study it and apply it.The second half of the book is a reminder of everything you already know, but sometimes forget to apply It covers ho [...]
I m not currently working on a novel, but I found his perspective fascinating, anyway I love that Jeff Gerke gives very concrete advice about how to lay the groundwork for a novel A lot of books on writing are vague or give advice like be talented There were times when his concrete advice felt a little too concrete, though, like he was relaying a recipe to us It made me feel a little like if I were writing a novel the Jeff Gerke way, a lot of the fun might be sucked out of it.The text is also pe [...]
I m torn with this book It does offer some great advice, but I struggle with how right is this author As I think about the type of books and stories I want to tell, they are not cookie cutter, formulaic stories As I consider my favorite books, hugely successful books, they do not follow most of the rules outlined in this book So I ask myself, do I want to be cookie cutter, or do I want my work to stand out and grab my reader Do I want to be remembered or easily forgotten Now some of that will de [...]
Although a lot of what Gerke explains in this book will seem like a no brainer for many, he has to do it, because these things are not no brainers to everyone And even some of the things he mentions that I already knew caused me to think about those aspects of writing a novel in a pointed and focused manner Gerke engages the reader from page one, and he manages to keep our attention because his writing style is not dry, even in a book like this So, I would recommend it to anyone who is not alre [...]
Like taking a college class Absolutely beyond insightful Thank you to the author, Jeff Gerke, for taking the time to write one of the most helpful books an author could possibly read.
This book was good I m not sure that he d write the best romance novel, though Most of his advice seems to feature his type of adventure book Which works, but maybe isn t the best plan for other genres.
Great advice really inspires me to work on my novel
The First 50 Pages by Jeff Gerke is an insightful look at what agents and editors are truly looking for in the first 50 pages of a novel The information is provided by an author editor in an easy to understand manner.I had the opportunity to hear Mr Gerke speak at the Writer s Digest Conference in January and I immediately jumped in line to get a copy of his book signed He was a terrific speaker who provided lots of examples and explanations His workshop was one of the best at the conference.The [...]
How many books about writing especially about writing fiction have I read So many I was at first inclined to pass up Jeff Gerke s The First 50 Pages Engage Agents, Editors and Readers, and Set Up Your Novel for Success But it had a cover blurb from super agent Donald Maass And it was short What did I have to lose Better what did I have to gain This is an amazing little book Yes, it repeats some of the stuff every writer has seen in every other how to write book, but nothing that doesn t bear rep [...]
A great book for anyone who is revising their first 50 pages Written by author, editor, and publisher Jeff Gerke, this book is full of practical guidance on what to include in the first 50 pages to hook readers including agents and editors and set a story in motion Although the number of things a writer needs to think about and pack into the first 50 pages can seem overwhelming when collected in one place like this, Gerke walks writers through it all in a way that makes the impossible seem achie [...]
If you are thinking of publishing, or self publishing, there are a lot of great tips that may help improve the opening of your book.
I ordered this book from Writer s Digest to help me with my middle grade novel writing I completed the first in 2016, and another that I began nearly 12 months ago Whilst they are both unpublished at this stage, I have decided to pursue publication with the second one first Jeff Gerke gave me a number of ideas, and critical changes to make, particularly from the show, not tell, POV I had recently finished my novel or so I thought , until I read this book, and I was able to see clearly what the a [...]
An in depth look at how to set up the first main part of a novel, introducing the reader to the characters and plot in a way that will keep their interest.With every line, paragraph, and page, the agent or editor is most likely going to kill your book in the morning It is your task to stay alive as long as possible.This book is a fabulous reference tool for making sure that a writer doesn t metaphorically shoot him herself in his her foot within the first fifty pages It focuses on the problems o [...]
I think any book on writing style or writing for success is a difficult, if not impossible goal to achieve Gerke easy to read and engaging non fiction book does a good job in many aspects Overall, it is apparent that he adheres to the latest trend in writing to write like the story is a movie While there are many beneficial aspects to the approach, such as character development, showing instead of telling, and creating page turners, this advice won t work for every writer.The book, however, has [...]