Analyze Opening Paragraph
Writing a book can be a long, hard slog.
The “miserable” parts of the experience have been documented over and over again. Or just ask any author on a book deadline — or let the thousand-yard stare speak for itself.
Not all of us can have an entire corporation behind them churning out novels, taking the stress off, after all.
And though authors are unquestionably helpful to each other, they don’t always give the best advice. Think how many times you’ve heard this old trope: Just put your butt in the chair and write. It’s true, but that doesn’t help you right now, does it?
I don’t want to give you advice like that.
I want to show that there is a way to publish prodigiously while baking the marketing into your work.
That sounds like a scheme, I understand. But I know this is true because I have done it.
You can do it too.
What I liked:
* Short first sentence. Good hook. I could relate to it.
* “I don’t want to give you advice like that” arises curiosity, and that I’ll be getting something different by reading this.
* Shows authority “I have done it.”
* “I want to show that there is a way to publish..” Gives a promise and shows there’s a way.
* “but that doesn’t help you right now, does it?” I like the use of the question. Feels like a conversation.
What I didn’t like:
* Could have done some more to empathize with the reader, that writing a book can be hard.
* Some sentences & phrases are difficult to read like “thousand-yard stare”.