The Two Minute Grab Zone​


‘The pace of storytelling has had to change. Now you have to hit the ground running. People have a choice. We have to grab them within 2 minutes.’

Debbie Horsfield talking about

The Two Minute Grab Zone

How true.  Writer Debbie Horsfield was referring to her new TV Series Age Before Beauty, which starts on Tuesday 31st July 2018 on BBC, but how often have you picked up a novel and put it down again before the end of the first chapter and said I can’t get into this?

Matthew Reilly said…

‘There is no such thing as an aspiring writer. You are a writer. Period.’

But… I think those of us who haven’t, yet, aspired as much as we would like, might disagree. I think the dream of all aspiring authors is to write a book that the reader can’t put down.

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The first time it happened to me, I was on holiday in Mauritius. I was reading Lorenzo Carcaterra’s Sleepers and I couldn’t put it down, taking it into the Indian Ocean and reading it floating on my back, standing up and sitting in the warm, briny sea, until I finished it.  More recently, Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt – The Diaries of a Junior Doctor, had the same effect, only I read most of it on a sun lounger.

I am now going to re-read the first two minutes of my current aspiration, but hey, I’ve already spent three years honing its two-minute grabability and whether it has it or not, only the reader can decide.

 

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