Good opening lines for on line dating letters
Raymond Chandler had some good advice for writers: "When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand." Good counsel indeed for any writer whose masterpiece is temporarily bogged down in reflection, description, philosophising or fancy prose. Surely the mainstream novel doesn't need such low-level manipulations to interest its readers (who are perfectly happy with reflection, description, et cetera)? According to a groundswell of opinion, 21st-century writers are losing the battle for the reader's attention – and must do something about it pronto.The issue was recently raised at the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature (they're some words you seldom see in the same sentence) in Dubai when three writers talked about the importance of gripping readers from the first line.
Certainly, there was lots of creaking, Thomas Hardy-style exposition in 19th-century novels, but the old masters knew a few things about snagging the reader's interest.But how do we cut through the noise and the huge amount of SPAM that hits your prospects’ inboxes every day?Let’s explore seven powerful email subject lines that you can use to better engage with your list.After a quick weekend drive to Colorado and back to help son Kurt get settled in his new place of residence, I’m back in the saddle for another week of Between the Lines. ****** By the way, on a long excursion through sleepy central and western Kansas it doesn’t hurt to have satellite radio in your car.In fact it might be considered a necessity for keeping your sanity.Must modern authors adopt thriller-like strategies to succeed?
Jojo Moyes, who was also at the Dubai festival, said she had changed the way she began her novels after hearing from readers and seeing reviews on Amazon. Eleanor Catton's Booker Prize-winning , the previous Booker winner, opens with a brilliantly arresting sentence – "His children are falling from the sky" – before embarking on 400 pages of vivid and complex scene-setting, with voices and pronouns tumbling over each other, yet you do not find yourself muttering, "Get on with it, Hilary."We should be wary of nostrums that prescribe what the modern novel should or shouldn't do.
Prosecutors have ticketed Linda Mc Caslin with disturbing the peace.
Having been in the room that night, it’s my opinion it’s a charge that is well deserved.
If you spend too much time setting things up, it's not going to work."Richard Madeley, the TV presenter turned novelist, concurred, saying: "The stories of Jane Austen and so on are wonderful but the days are gone when you could take a leisurely approach to writing.
Other distractions mean you really have to grab the reader by the throat."I think that by the phrase "the stories of Jane Austen and so on", Mr Madeley means "the classic English novel". starts, "Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress", a wonderfully sleek opening that makes us want to know more about both Ms Brooke and her acidulous chronicler.
I used the subject line above in a cold recruitment email and received a 70% open rate along with a 25% conversion rate.