Andrzej Krauze Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin 1 Never open a book with weather.
While this rule is fairly well-accepted in fiction teaching circles, not everyone agrees with it. What does it mean to begin a novel with action? Usually, car chases and explosions come to mind. So long as it strikes the right tone for the novel to come, any of these would be good choices.
Must a novel begin with action of some sort? Is there no other option? Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Granted, those are just opening lines, not opening scenes, and those are drawn from novels of yesteryear.
What about a novel that begins with the unique voice of the narrator? What about a novel from the lyrical prose school of fiction? The boring beginning, they argue, could prevent your reader from becoming your reader at all. Would you keep reading a novel that began like this: Ruth had already gone upstairs twice that morning to try to wake Johanna.
Both times her sister had grumbled something that led her to believe—wrongly, as it turned out—that she really was going to get up. Why do I always fall for it, every single day, Ruth scolded herself as she climbed the stairs for the third time.
It feels mundane, safe, and even tedious, which is what my life too often feels like as it is.
I would just keep looking. Would you continue reading a novel that begins like this next one: It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the atters and charcoal ruins of history.
Well, I personally would keep reading that. It has both action and surprise, both danger and the unexpected. I wonder what in the world is going on, and I feel my brain perk up with all its information about staying safe when around open flame.
Apparently, readers have been able to stick with this book fairly well over the years.
Agents and editors are like that, too. Readers want to be swept away by a novel. Starting with action is the most surefire way to engage. The other way to engage is to begin with something unexpected or fascinating happening.
Well, how can you engage the reader at the beginning? You engage your reader by writing something interesting. You can engage through pyrotechnics or poetry, through mayhem or music, through action or anguish.
Yes, a car chase or explosion might be engaging, but so might the consumption of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, if written well enough. The point is that you engage.
If starting with traditional action fits your novel and engages the reader, do it.How to start a novel: First sentences, first paragraphs. What can we deduce from this classic bestseller’s opening lines about writing a good hook? A good hook gets to interesting and relevant details of character, setting or plot quickly; As mentioned above.
Writing a novel is easy. Writing a good novel is hard. That’s just life. If it were easy, we’d all be writing best-selling, prize-winning fiction.
Frankly, there are a thousand different people out there who can tell you how to write a novel. Ther. If you have an idea for a story or novel, perhaps buried somewhere in those sheaves of notes, especially if you’re a compulsive researcher like me, and you use research to put off doing what you need to do, which is to start, try writing about a character who might or might not end up being in that story; this is exploration, after all, path.
How to Write a Novel Step by Step. Start writing today! Even if you have no idea yet what your novel is about, write anything. As soon as you’ve got the first inkling of your novel’s main character and a situation to put them in, use your daily writing sessions to work on your novel itself.
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Begin Your Novel with Action: A Good Rule? Posted on May 19 If one chooses to use action in the beginning of the novel, in your opinion is it better to start at the onset of the action or mid-point, or possibly near conclusion? I’m going to start writing my first romance novel in July.
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