The opening line, the opening paragraph, the opening chapter.
That’s what I struggle with, the opening. Sometimes I write and rewrite it so many times it goes from bad to worse. But I don’t give up.
I’m striving for opening words that will entice and seduce the reader. In other words, the opening must “kick ass” to keep the reader’s attention.
Kick who? What?
How many times have you started a conversation with a friend that went something like, “Wait until you hear this,” or “You aren’t going to believe what so-in-so did,” or maybe “Oh my God, listen to what just happened.”
Your friend probably held their breath as they waited for the rest of the salacious story.
That’s the response I want when I start a story.
So, what’s the best way to start your story?
Only you can answer that question, but whatever you decide, remember it’s an invitation to the reader.
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