Do you want readers to throw your book after only one page? No? Then listen up!
the story. As authors, we used to have a chapter or so before the
reader decided whether or not to come along with us on our journey.
Chuck Wendig wrote an amazing column
that talks about pacing your beginning. Here's one nugget I've gleaned
from several columns and conferences over the years that he also makes.
Have things happen!
Aka put your character in an intriguing situation aka have your character doing something interesting aka start off with action.
was the best of times, it was the worst of times" doesn't cut it
anymore. "To be or not to be" would--since the words are our POV
character contemplating suicide.
***BUT*** you must also be sure your reader cares what's happening by caring about the character.
This doesn't work as a beginning either: George slammed his fist into the concrete block, breaking fingers.
yes. But why is George doing this? If he's got anger management issues
we won't care. If he's an abusive spouse we won't like him. But since we
all insta-care about puppies and kids and moms, if he's a dad trying to
break through to his toddler who's accidentally locked herself in the
public restrooms, well, we not only care but we're rooting for him.
Published since 2009, over the years I've accumulated various items of writing
wisdom. The Third Tuesday Writing Tidbit showcases these items in no particular
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