By: K.M. Weiland
The beginning is one of the trickiest terrains in any story. There’s just so much we have to juggle for that opening chapter to accomplish all the jobs it’s supposed to. Two of the most important of those jobs are setting the stage for the story and hooking readers.
The hard part of this is that the requirements of these two things often seem completely dichotomous.
Important setup information is not always the best way
to grab readers’ attention. The necessity of this setup info also
sometimes messes with our ability to figure out the best spot in the timeline to begin.
WRITERS OFTEN ASK, “HOW DO YOU TELL IF YOU’RE BEGINNING YOUR STORY TOO SOON?”
Today, I’m going to present you with two important rules of thumb for, first, making certain you
aren’t beginning your story too soon, and, second, helping you grab
readers right off the bat.
Rule #1 for Not Beginning Your Story Too Soon
’re beginning your story too soon if there is
nothing happening in your first chapter.
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