Not long ago, I had an opportunity to attend a creative writing seminar series on getting your novel started. It happened to be led by Seattle author Robert Dugoni, the best-selling author of 13 novels and legal thrillers. These include the Tracy Crosswhite series and David Sloane series, both set in Seattle.
Dugoni offered a number of suggestions to budding authors. First, start with the action. This is recommended by many authors of thrillers, suspense, and mystery, and you’ll hear it at every writers’ conference you attend. You’ve got to hook your reader right away.
Another of Dugoni’s recommendations was to make sure you create a question in the reader’s mind with the first paragraph and really with every paragraph. That’s how you create a page-turner.