By: Writer’s Relief Staff
How important are the first few paragraphs of your book? Consider this: Each week, hundreds of submissions flood into any given publishing house’s inbox. Reading each manuscript in its entirety would take too much time, and with pressing deadlines it simply cannot be done. So your opening lines might be the only shot your book has of making it into the next round of reading. Here are three tips for beginning your book with some knockout sentences:
Choose Your Venue!
Having a unique, unfamiliar setting will give your novel a wow factor right from the start. Opening your story in a world your readers have never encountered will keep them curious enough to read more.
But if your story starts in a living room, no sweat! Even an everyday setting can be captivating if there’s something unexpected about it. Use your character’s point of view to focus on details in the room that the reader may not have noticed on his or her own. The crumpled letters on the coffee table, the stained curtains by the open window; use elements like these to intrigue your audience.
Starting your book with an interesting setting -- whether it’s on a distant planet or in a local diner -- will quickly immerse readers in your story.
Come Out Swinging!
Your opening sentences need to connect with the reader . . .
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