This is a reblog from 4RV Publishing: Reading, Writing, and Art News blog, September 4, 2016. It has great articles about writing and publishing.
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“Writing to Get Published” by Karen Cioffi
All writers have one primary focus—to get published. What makes each of us different is our slant or perspective on the story we’re telling, and how we tell it.
It’s true that anyone can write, but writing to get published is another story. To accomplish this, there four steps you need to include in your writing.
1. Write an out-of-the-ballpark beginning
This is the crucial step that will determine whether the agent or editor keeps reading. Your beginning needs to grab the reader; it needs to lead the reader on without him having to think about it.