23/9/2015 02:57:58 pm
I agree wholeheartedly with this. Alan Moore is the absolute master when it comes to safe-hands. Reading his work I am often entirely unsure what the hell is going on but never in doubt that he will reward my effort and attention. All will become clear, dear reader.
15/7/2016 09:46:10 am
Just caught up with this, via a FB posting. Excellent piece, and you set out how to pursue the Holy Grail of hooking the reader with confidence - I like that a lot. I'm a lot more tolerant of openings since I started trying to be a paperback writer, and will read the first chapter, rather than the first few pages, so they get more leeway with me. What completely turns me off is a character telling you what they're thinking and then saying it, it's totally unnecessary repetition, and makes me grind my teeth in frustration.
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