Our openings must be COMPELLING, be it a novel, a short story or an article. Some suggestions:begin

  •  Never begin at the beginning.
  •  Start with action.  Look for the verb ‘to be’ in your opening paragraph.  It could be an indicator of a slow start.
  •  Your opening is your contract with your reader
  •  The proper time to work on your opening is when you’re finished with your novel, article, etc.  You don’t know the opening until you have written the end.
  •  The purpose of the first sentence is to get the reader to read the second sentence.  The purpose of the second sentence is to….etc.
  •  Be careful not to start with a volcano.  It’s a hard act to follow.            Rather opt for a REVEALING  opening, that promises something worthwhile.
  •  Get the five ‘Ws’ in as quick as you can — Who, What, Where, When, Why.
  •  Get your reader to care about your hero right from the beginning.

For an amazing look at opening lines, visit “100 opening lines of novel”

What is your secret for opening lines?


2 responses to “Beginnings

  1. Wonderful advice, Ed. I think it was Kurt Vonnegut who said, Make your hero want something, even if it’s only a glass of water. And, of course, the wanting something could just as well be wanting something not to happen as vice versa.

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