Last week, we talked about some possible beginnings for your story. Here are a few more to consider.
Moment of Change: Many novels begin this way, either at the moment of change or just before the change occurs. We’re talking about a major change, something that forces the character to leave his/her safe, every day world. Instant conflict. That’s why this opening is so successful.
Foreshadowing: This type of beginning can be tricky. You have to balance the foreshadowing element with the actual story. If the foreshadowing scene is too long, the reader may not make the link. The same can be said if it’s too short. In both cases, the scene might come across as unnecessary or contrived.
Character Description: This opening is even trickier and is not an excuse for a description dump. Instead, the scene would focus on the character doing something and through that action or dialogue, the reader would learn more about them. Still, whatever they’re doing during this time should have some meaning to the story. Having the main character get dressed and remember the good old days may put a few readers to sleep rather than captivate them.
Catchy First Sentence: There’s nothing like hooking a reader with the first sentence as long as you’re able to follow with a super first paragraph, fantastic first page, and mind-blowing first chapter. The point is the first sentence needs to hook the reader, but the rest of the story has to keep his/her attention. More on this in my next post.
Have you used any of these beginnings? As a reader, do you have a favorite opening type?