While my twitter account automatically pitches my novel for me, I’ve been thinking about a line I read in Writing for Emotional Impact yesterday.
Open [a classic script] at random on any page and start reading. Even if you have no idea where you are in the story, you’ll be hooked by the dialogue, characters, or conflicts in the scene, and you’ll want to turn the page. This should be your standard of excellence.
Part of me wants to grab the nearest good novel and find pages for which this is not true, just because I dislike people telling me what to do.
But it’s a good goal to shoot for. Sure, if pages 1-57 have been wonderful, maybe your reader will continue on to page 59 even if 58 was a dud. But why risk it?