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How to Nail Your First Three Pages

with Lisa Cron

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About The Class

Discover the Secrets of Hooking Your Reader from the Get Go

Writers know that the first three pages are the most crucial when it comes to hooking the reader. You have to stoke the reader’s curiosity, making them not just want to know what happens next, but have to. It’s biology! Not only that, but the seeds of everything that will happen in your story are planted in the first few pages. No pressure, right? And to make the task even more daunting, ironically, most of what writers are taught to do in those three pages end up locking the reader out, rather than luring them in.

We’ll debunk myths that may have been leading you astray, zero in on exactly what readers are wired to expect in those first few pages, and how to get it onto the page. And the best news yet: the last thing you want to do when first writing those opening pages is make them “beautiful.” The biggest fear that keeps writers from getting past the first sentence is believing that it has to be “perfect” right out of the starting gate. Not only doesn’t it need to be, it can’t be. Big sigh of relief!

In this session you’ll learn how to:

  • Duct tape the critical inner voice to a chair so you can really write.
  • Create the five essential things your reader is wired to expect on the first three pages.
  • Plant the seeds of what’s to come beginning on the very first page.
  • Avoid the crippling myth of “holding important info back for a big reveal later.”
  • Make your reader have to know what happens next.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    03:40
  2. 02

    That Critical Inner Voice’s Three Big Mistakes

    09:46
  3. 03

    Assumptions we must SMASH

    07:42
  4. 04

    A Glimpse of the Big Picture

    14:18
  5. 05

    Something Must be Happening

    05:54
  6. 06

    Who is the Protagonist?

    05:04
  7. 07

    Why Does What’s Happening Matter?

    08:20
  8. 08

    What’s at Stake?

    05:48
  9. 09

    What is the Ongoing Consequence?

    06:42

Meet Your Expert

Lisa Cron

Lisa Cron is a story coach and the author of Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers From the Very First Sentence and Story Genius: How To Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages that Go Nowhere), both published by Ten Speed Press. ... read more

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  • Caleb Koh

    Caleb Koh

    December 2018

    I love and immensely enjoy Lisa Cron's classes! They are packed with so much insightful information, palpable exhilaration and courageous authenticity. She provides enormous value at a fraction of what she SHOULD charge! This class is no exception. Thank you, Lisa, for all that you do here at creativeLIVE.

  • Jessica

    November 2019

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