Judging the Christy Awards

Mark Bretrand is blogging about his experience reading 22 mystery/suspense books for this year’s Christy Awards. (link defunct)

That’s when I made my first discovery: a lot of these books began by giving the full name of the main character as the first two words in the novel. And when I say a lot, I mean a lot. . . . I found myself wondering if there was a rule I didn’t know about . . .

4 thoughts on “Judging the Christy Awards”

  1. A good way to fix the hero in the reader’s mind right from the beginning. We’re often advised to begin in the middle of the action. That almost demands a name and a verb.

  2. He has been quiet about it, but now the awards have been given, he’s writing about it. Andy Crouch did the same two years ago. Is there something in the contract about never talking about it ever?

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