The corner of this corral reminds me of the corner of my WIP.
If I were standing here, waiting for something to happen, cows to come around the corner, my heart would be beating fast, my palms a little sweaty. I wouldn't want the herd to get by me. I'd want them to turn into the gate. But if they missed the gate, went on by me, we'd have to start all over again to corral them.
My book is kind of like that.
If I miss my mark, and my reader gets by without seeing the corner, I've lost them, too.
I have to catch the reader, get them to turn in (turn the page) and keep reading. I want them hooked, corralled.
How do I do that?
I can't stand at the corner post and wave my arms! "Get in there."
I have to be more subtle.
I have to have plot, characters, conflict.
I have to know grammar.
I have to have a hook at that corner, to keep the reader going on.
hmmmm....a lot like turning cows.