I had been writing professionally for 30 years when I read Noah Lukeman's The First Five Pages, a Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile–and I still. The First Five Pages book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The First Five PagesEditors always tell novice writers that. What can an agent tell from the first five pages of your manuscript? According to Noah Lukeman, plenty. The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of.
|Language:||English, Spanish, French|
|ePub File Size:||29.51 MB|
|PDF File Size:||12.30 MB|
|Distribution:||Free* [*Regsitration Required]|
IF YOU'RE TIRED OF REJECTION, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU. And those outstanding qualities, says New York literary agent Noah Lukeman, have to be apparent from the first five pages. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into. Editorial Reviews. caite.info Review. The difference between The First Five Pages and most books on writing is that the others are written by teachers and. FIRST FIVE PAGES. Ask yourself what you would do if you knew you would never be published. Would you still write? If you are truly writing for the art of it, the.
It assumes that if you find one line of extraneous dialogue on page 1, you will likely find one line of extraneous dialogue on each page to come. Then I came to the realization that no matter the odds, I love movies, enjoy developing characters, plots and storyworlds, and believe with hard work and dedication, I might very well produce a script that people really enjoy, want to produce and might even possibly make its way to the big screens. When he does use it though, he uses it precisely. Your thoughts? He also gives helpful activities to practice at the end of each chapter.
I think it will help me. It touts itself on not being a book about creative writing, but somehow manages to hit the fundamental nails on the heads in each chapter.
I agree with Noah Lukeman. I feel like often times, authors are so excited to get their work out there that they fail to see their work as readers often do — something that they do not have to read. The first pages should make a reader and the writer want to find out more, even though he or she does not have to.
Improve your English in 5 minutes a day! Subscribe to our Writing Tips and Exercises via Email You will improve your English in only 5 minutes per day, guaranteed! You'll also get three bonus ebooks completely free! Try It Free Now. Ed Hawco on June 05, 7: AravisGirl on June 11, 4: Bennett on February 06, Mikes on March 03, 1: Exercises at the end of each section are very helpful and enlightening.
May 19, Lara Lee rated it it was amazing. The title of this book is only a half-truth. One should take Noah Lukeman's advice and apply it to every page.
I loved this book because it takes a lot of information I have read from other books and gives the "why" from his point of view as a literary agent browsing thousands of manuscripts a year.
This is not a book about how to write a novel, but instead a book about how to polish a finished work. He does not cover plot or the skeleton of writing a story but focuses on descriptions, hooks, pa The title of this book is only a half-truth.
He does not cover plot or the skeleton of writing a story but focuses on descriptions, hooks, pacing, dialogue, tags, and setting.
He also gives helpful activities to practice at the end of each chapter. It is a quick and easy read with lots of constructive advice about the publishing business. I highly recommend it. Nov 03, Krysztina rated it really liked it Shelves: I was a bit wary of the clickbait-y title, but the reviews were so good I decided to take a chance - and I'm glad I did.
Many unpublished writers that I know, anyway are wondering how come their book didn't sell yet. Lukeman goes through a number of issues that cause a manuscript to be rejected, starting with the obvious things spelling, grammar, and so on before delving into issues that novice writers ten I was a bit wary of the clickbait-y title, but the reviews were so good I decided to take a chance - and I'm glad I did.
Lukeman goes through a number of issues that cause a manuscript to be rejected, starting with the obvious things spelling, grammar, and so on before delving into issues that novice writers tend to overlook. His language is friendly and accessible, and he uses a plethora of examples to illustrate what not to do.
Therein lies the biggest flaw of this book, though; for someone who advocates subtlety, Lukeman's examples are so over-the-top that no sane writer would ever think to do that I hope so, anyway. I'd have preferred a more nuanced approach, maybe even actual excerpts from unpublished manuscripts. At the very least, texts with some redeemable qualities would've illustrated the point better.
Still - this is a useful tool for anyone who wants to publish the traditional way. I wish I'd known about it sooner so I could recommend it to all my writer friends whose works linger in the slush pile. Mar 06, Yolanda K. Smith rated it really liked it Shelves: I like the fact that the book division is based on level of importance.
I disliked the fact that the negative examples were simplistically blatant. They were cheesy enough that I ended up skimming more often than not. Still, the advice and information in the book was solidly helpful. Aug 07, Holly Davis rated it it was amazing.
This book was so helpful to hear about how to improve your manuscript and make agents and editors want it from an actual agent! It was so comprehensive and goes beyond 'the first five pages' to helping you with your whole manuscript. I love how he covers a certain topic, gives examples, and then has writing exercises at the end of each chapter essentially implementing editing strategies into your current WIP. Highly recommended! Jun 04, Evelyn rated it did not like it.
Pretentious and Infuriating. Feb 10, Cyr rated it really liked it. Excellent advice to writers getting started. Would recommend it. Jul 16, Joy Pixley rated it really liked it.
This book tells you how to look at your manuscript like an editor or agent would — that is, as someone with an inordinate number of manuscripts to read this week, who is looking for any excuse to write off your book as crap and put it in the reject pile. Harsh, but true. This approach appealed to me, and I was in the right mood for a book on style rather than on content.
As the author says early in the book, you may have designed an amazing plot, but if nobody gets past the lousy writing in the This book tells you how to look at your manuscript like an editor or agent would — that is, as someone with an inordinate number of manuscripts to read this week, who is looking for any excuse to write off your book as crap and put it in the reject pile.
I found his take on most issues, such as the overuse of adverbs, to be nuanced and reasonable. Perhaps because he is writing as an editor who reads a wide array of styles and not as an author, he avoids the egoistic rants of famous authors convinced that their way is the only way. Two things struck me as weaknesses. Each chapter begins with a lengthy quote about writing. Although many of them are amusing or disheartening, as presumably intended, they rarely seemed to be connected with the content of the chapter they initiated.
The second problem is worse: Some are so exaggerated that they defeat the purpose of training the reader to recognize the problem in their own work, and may actually convince readers that their writing is fine, by comparison.
I would have found the examples more useful had he shown us how to turn mediocre or good writing into great writing. That said, my overall rating of the book is very good. The story behind my buying this book feels too apropos not to relate.
I was cat-sitting for a friend, and decided to take advantage of his several shelves of writing craft books while there one hand to pet the lonely kitty, one hand to hold the book: The first few days, I rifled through many of the books, but after reading the first few pages of each, put them back to try another. Eventually I got to this book, which captured my attention enough in the first chapter that I bookmarked it rather than reshelving it.
But this one, I decided to buy, to have my own copy available for reference. Which is just about the opposite of ending up in the rejection pile. Aug 03, Brittany rated it really liked it. The First Five Pages is a writing book about the common problems in the first five pages of novels, and how to fix them so that your first five pages shine and so that you don't get rejected.
The author, agent Noah Lukeman, points out in the introduction that problems found in the first five pages can indicate that the reader an agent or editor will find these same problems later in the novel which is why you need to fix them all. Each chapter covers a different topic, starting with the sm The First Five Pages is a writing book about the common problems in the first five pages of novels, and how to fix them so that your first five pages shine and so that you don't get rejected.
Each chapter covers a different topic, starting with the smallest problems that readers would notice first, then moving into bigger problems that take more reading to notice.
Noah Lukeman managed to cover a wide range of problems, from presentation to characterization to sound. Each chapter includes the mistakes writers make with this writing element, solutions to the problems, examples, and exercises at the end of the chapter.
Overall, I thought The First Five Pages was a very helpful book for polishing your first five pages, but also for showing you that your novel might need more work than you think. I recommend taking notes for each chapter because there's a lot of information packed into each chapter. It would also be a great book to read before or while revising- it's not a how-to book for revision, but it shows you how to find the problems in your writing and how to fix them.
Noah Lukeman describes each problem and its solution clearly and thoughtfully. Reading this made me reconsider a lot of things about my own WiP, and Noah pointed out many problems that I never even considered before. The one thing that I didn't like about The First Five Pages was that at some times, it seemed a bit too basic.
I know I'm not an especially advanced writer, but some of the problems mentioned would only be done by a very beginning writer. Also, almost all of the examples the author wrote were way too basic- I would have liked to see how to spot problems when they weren't spelled out so easily. At other times, the topics were more advanced- like sound, style, and subtlety. I'd recommend The First Five Pages to all writers regardless of skill level.
Beginning writers will learn a lot from it, but I bet some advanced writers could learn a thing or two from it. Sep 07, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: It's fairly depressing to read.
I'm between a 2 and a 3 Not the most helpful book on editing. I expected it to clearly explain how to make the first five pages of my manuscript so wonderful THAT any editor or publisher would be a fool to pass the next 5 to depending on what I'm writing at the time pages.
I suppose that was foolish thinking on my part, but I wou It's fairly depressing to read. I suppose that was foolish thinking on my part, but I would like to avoid the slush pile at least once in my life time. Anywho, it has good advice throughout, though very little of it is anything less than "daunting".
You pretty much have to take every piece of instruction, every nugget of advice, and there are many, and run those through your entire short story, novelette, or novel. In that respect, I think the title is misleading. Lukeman has good intention; you can sense his overall desire to help writers overcome a myriad of obstacles to publication.
His willingness to share his knowledge. And for those who haven't read a half a dozen or so other books out there on the same subject, as I have, the book would be a great tool, just not for me.
I think the book's organization bothers me the most, and the "end-of-chapter exercises" were not helpful at all. I recommend this book to writers who wish to work on revising their manuscript s as long as they understand that the title is really meant to inform them of the true nature of the beast - and what a BEAST it is!
Perfection in Under Five pages? How do YOU define insanity? Mar 30, Anna Erishkigal rated it really liked it. This book is probably the only resource out there that spells out using egregious examples all the bad habits your editor keeps scribbling all over your manuscripts that you look at and go "WHAT? What does this MEAN?
Eliminate unnecessary adverbs. Blah blah blah But this is the only book out there that teaches you to SPOT these bad This book is probably the only resource out there that spells out using egregious examples all the bad habits your editor keeps scribbling all over your manuscripts that you look at and go "WHAT?
But this is the only book out there that teaches you to SPOT these bad habits in your OWN writing when you know something's a little off, but you can't quite put your finger on it. It's as though a lightbulb goes off in your head.
You can then go through your OWN manuscript chapter by chapter and see you've used one 'comparison' too many per page, or know how to reword that clunky spot of dialogue that keeps giving you trouble no matter how many times you rewrite it, or spot when your writing is reading more like a police report rather than prose. The publishing industry has changed. This may be considered 'writing ', but if you have ANY bad habits at all, you're going to get rejected because publishers no longer have the resources to have somebody edit your manuscript.
You'll just get rejected and never know why. Ranting about the unfairness of it all won't change that fact. Using this book, however, and others like it Editing for Fiction Writers is another 5-star resource to self-edit your manuscript before submitting it will increase your competitive edge. Feb 23, Aubrey rated it really liked it. Written from the perspective of an agent, Lukeman goes topic by topic-- from the physical presentation to pacing and progression-- and tells us what agents toss, why, and solutions to each topic so as not to be tossed.
Lukeman has a great way of getting to the point, stating the problem, solution and exercises if one has trouble with that area. Some people really love this book and some found it discouraging because it focuses on what not to do and all the many ways they reject. I found it highly Written from the perspective of an agent, Lukeman goes topic by topic-- from the physical presentation to pacing and progression-- and tells us what agents toss, why, and solutions to each topic so as not to be tossed.
I found it highly beneficial and I actually feel so much more confident after having read it. There is nothing like the "inside scoop," even though it's his scoop. All of what he said simply made sense.
Some I've heard time and again. For example, the excessive use of adverbs and adjectives is something King touches on in his book, On Writing. Don't get me wrong every bit of advice is not for everyone.
I do wholeheartedly agree on that one. Things mentioned, like repetitive use of a character's name or "he, she" is kind of a "duh" on the no-no front, in my opinion. I am very glad to have read this book.
It gave me confidence because I have formed opinions and thoughts about each of these topics and he validated my thoughts, which really helped a lot.
Jul 22, Angela Blount rated it really liked it Shelves: If they ever compile a Writer's Bible, this ought to be one of the very first books found in it. I could have spared myself a great deal of rewriting, rejection, and insult if I'd used something like this as a guide. I began reading this while awaiting the judge scores of a contest I'd entered several months prior.
To my amazement, two of my four judges made reference to this book on my score sheet as a resource that would most improve my work. It is a mercifully quick read--and to the point--cat If they ever compile a Writer's Bible, this ought to be one of the very first books found in it.
It is a mercifully quick read--and to the point--categorizing errors that will get your manuscript thrown out in order of priority and stigma.
The second half has more to do with refining your work in terms of tone, characterization, subtly, focus, and pacing. While it is filled with hyperbolic examples of the issues being addressed, I felt it would have been even more effective if there had been more simplified tips included. I may be abnormally dense about things like this, however. Though it's less instructional and more encouraging, I suggest reading the epilogue first.
It may help you to decide if you are -truly- a writer.
Jul 26, Lesley Webster rated it really liked it. It covers the basic problems that most beginning writers struggle with, and is ordered from most urgent problems, likely to get your manuscript discarded within the first five page, to those that are less pressing but still worthy of consideration.
However, if you, like me, have indeed devoured other writing tutorials, chewing the information and digesting it thoroughly, this one will leave you only mildly sated. If you're looking for helpful advice on getting published, this would not be my first suggestion.
I have an entire list of books on "Writing instruction", so look through the list and find something with 4 or more stars.
This one gets 3 stars because it is mildly helpful and the writing itself is well done. This process of re-writing draws heavily on editing. And editing can be taught. Thus the craft of writing, inspiration aside, can to a great extent be taught.
Even the greatest writers had to have been taught. Did they know how to write when they were toddlers? As an editor, you approach a book differently than a general reader.
You should constantly be on guard for what is wrong, what can be changed. The only time an editor can truly relax is when the book is bound. Even then, he will not. When an editor reads, he is not just reading but breaking sentences into fragments, worrying if the first half should be replaced with the second, if the middle fragment should be switched with the first. Truly great editors can keep an entire book in their head and easily ponder the switching of any word to any place.
Master editors are artists themselves. They need to be. Like the great Zen master who can paint the priceless calligraphy with one stroke, the master editor can transform an entire page with one single, well-placed word.
But even if you become the master editor, you will still need a support group of astute readers in order to expose your work to fresh perspectives. This is a point I will raise many times throughout the book, so it is best if you can round them up now. Even the most proficient writers cannot catch all of their own mistakes, and even if they could, they would still be lacking of an impartial reaction. Outside readers can see things you cannot. Finally, this book differs from most books on writing in that it is not geared exclusively for the fiction or non-fiction writer, for the journalist or poet.
Although some topics, to be sure, will be relevant to certain types of writers and the majority of examples are of fiction, the principles are deliberately laid out in as broad a spectrum as possible, in order to be applied to virtually any form of writing. This should allow for a more interesting read, as writers of certain genres experiment with techniques they might not have considered otherwise, like the screenwriter grappling with viewpoint, the journalist with dialogue, the poet with pacing.
It is always through the unexpected, the unorthodox, that artists break through to higher levels of performance.