I’ve written about opening scenes so many times that today, I’m going to send you off to read some of these:
- Larger Than Life Character in Chapter 1.
Maass suggests, for example, that you think of things your protagonist would never ever say, think or do; then find a situation in which they MUST say, think or do that very thing.
- Improve Your Weak Opening
But what’s missing in many openings is a character to care about.
- Story Innocence
Orson Scott Card says it a different way when he suggests that the only thing you withhold from a reader is what happens next.
- Vivid Images: Sensory Details
Everyone agrees that a writer’s ability to create an image in a reader’s head through their words is integral to fiction and effective novels. When writers and editors push toward imagery vivid enough to transport readers to new worlds, there are many options.
- 10 Ways to Start a Novel: Opening Lines
I’ve illustrated them with the “100 Best Lines from Novels,” as chosen by the editors of the American Book Review.
- Opening Chapters of Novels MUST Accomplish These Goals
- Prophetic Openings: Foreshadowing the Right Way
- 5 Ways Openings Go Wrong