Beginnings for the novice writer?

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Re: Beginnings for the novice writer?

Postby crit33321 » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:45 pm

If you're working on a novel, you have some time in the beginning to lull the reader inside your story world, and you can do it any number of ways; it just has to be exciting enough to make them want to keep reading beyond the first sentence and paragraph. No matter how you do it, though, it should engage the reader's senses so they feel like they're a part of the story.

In a short story though, you have less time and need to engage the reader right away, even more so if you're writing a piece of Flash Fiction.

The beginning of any story is the most important part, in my opinion, because you're making certain promises to your reader about tone, goals, world-building, character development, narrative voice, POV, etc. Everything you establish at the beginning will have to consistently flow through the rest of your story.

I think a lot of times, too, your story premise will dictate how the story opens. Take a look at the opening lines and paragraphs of your favorite books and see what makes them work for you. Whether it be through dialogue, action, straight narration, or some snappy historical or literary quote, all great openings typically contain some element that generates curiosity and makes you want to know more.

Hope that helps,
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