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Gone are the days when fiction readers were willing to read pages of description and lead-up before being introduced to the characters and the plot. Readers, agents, and publishers today don’t have the time or patience to wade through pages of backstory and description, so you need to grab their interest right from the first sentence and first paragraph of your story.
As James Scott Bell says in Revision and Self-Editing, about the opening paragraphs, “Give us a character in motion. Something happening to a person from line one. Make that a disturbing thing, or have it presage something disturbing.”
Here are twelve dos and don’ts for making the first page of your novel more compelling:
1. Don’t begin with a long description of the setting or with background information on your main character.
~ Do begin with dialogue and action; then add any necessary backstory or description in small doses, on a need-to-know basis as you progress through the story.
2. Don’t start with a character other than your protagonist.
~ Do introduce your protagonist right in the first paragraph.
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Jodie Renner, a freelance fiction editor and craft-of-fiction writer, has published two books to date in her series, An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction:Writing and Killer Thriller, a short e-book, and Style That Sizzles & Pacing for Power, which is available in paperback, as an e-book on Kindle, and in other e-book formats. And you don’t need to own an e-reader to purchase and enjoy e-books. You can download them to your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
For more info on Jodie’s current and upcoming books, as well as a list of topics for workshops Jodie presents, please visit her author website.
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