I love reading and my favorite author is David Eddings, followed closely by Terry Pratchett, Christopher Palin and Sara Douglas. When I read a book by any of these authors I really struggle to put it down. This is great on a Sunday morning when I can afford to lie in bed until midday. It’s not so good when its one o’clock in the morning and I have to get up at six to go to work. However, this is simply due to a lack of self-control and is no fault of the authors.
However, it brings me to the question: How does one write a book that can capture a reader like that? Is it possible to do it intentionally by setting out with a plan, or is it just natural talent, the use of a particular style of writing, or the instinctive knowledge of exactly how much and what type of detail to put into the story?
I had an idea on my way to work one morning that came from watching the cigarette of the guy walking in front of me.
“A pin point glow appeared in the inky blackness. A short while later it winked out. Some may have felt the force of the blow but most would not. And so it began, as so many things do, with a death that shaped a life.”
Now this is all very dramatic and I think it would make a good start because it sets the scene without even setting the world. For example, the story could be set in the real world and the glow could be a cigarette, or it could be set in the world of fantasy and the glow could be the tip of a wizard’s wand…