By Jeff Gerke
Seeking writing luck? commence on the beginning...
Whether you’re trying to get released or simply hoping to hook your reader, first impressions are important. Compelling establishing scenes are the most important to catching an agent or editor’s realization, and are the most important for preserving your reader engaged.
As a author, what you do on your establishing pages, and the way you do it, is an issue that can't be left to probability. The First 50 Pages is the following that can assist you craft a powerful starting correct from the beginning. You’ll learn the way to:
- introduce your major character
- establish your tale world
- set up the plot’s conflict
- begin your hero’s internal journey
- write an grand establishing line and great first page
- and more
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We don’t care about anyone in the story yet, so dropping the big bomb on page 1 has less than no dramatic effect. I’m not a fan of flashbacks or frame devices (in which a short scene in one era brackets the whole rest of the story, which is told in flashback), but that’s largely subjective. Even so, launching too quickly into a time other than the one you start with is also a mistake. The reader hasn’t gotten her bearings in the first era yet, and she certainly can’t hang with you if you make a jump in time right away.
Thus we get novels that start with the history of civilization. Or perhaps how the hero’s parents met. Or the heroine’s life story. indd 37 9/9/11 8:00:20 AM THE FIRST 50 PAGES the high points of the founding and development of the corporation that is going to form the backdrop for most of the book. In fiction, this kind of information dumping is called telling. Its main forms are backstory, pure exposition, summary/recap, and the explanation of character motives. We can clearly see why authors do this.
Both first-person and third-person POV are good choices for your novel. Just be sure to stay inside one head per scene. indd 53 9/9/11 8:00:28 AM THE FIRST 50 PAGES Novels from a couple of generations ago—and some very popular novels today—hop around from head to head within a scene. ” She can’t believe how he’s blossomed. His heart reinﬂates, nearly bursting a hole in his chest. Did she just—? Clemmi looked at his strong jaw and late-afternoon stubble and wondered what it would be like to kiss him.