Today, let's get readers hooked from the very first sentence. If you do, you are off to a great start and hopefully a great first chapter.
We are going to focus on the first and second sentence and how you can draw readers in while introducing two major items about your book:
1. Your MC
2. The main conflict.
How? Is it really possible to do this in only TWO sentences? YES!
My name is Snow, like the white powder that falls during winter, though I don't know what my mom was thinking because it was ninety degrees the day I was born. I turned twelve the year I married a man I hated and thirteen when my first baby was born.
This sentence tells us a lot. It shows us a little about Snow's personality, it hints toward a shortened childhood and could possibly point to a different time era.
I also can definitely see the conflict. Can you?
You only have a few minutes to make a good, first impression. Make sure you wow your reader enough they'll actually turn the page to see what happens.
Your assignment is to write down about ten possible opening sentences (two). Now look at each group of sentences and ask yourself these questions:
1. Have to hinted to any conflict?
2. Did you introduce your MC?
3. Why did you pick this particular place in your manuscript to start the story?
4. How do they relate to the rest of your manuscript?
5. Which ones are a better hook?
6. Why are these two sentences interesting?
If you need to, write them on index cards and compare them side-by-side. Pick your favorites.
Now, we'll play a little game. Post your two favorite choices in the comments below and I'll as others to vote on their favorite.
At the end of the week, there will be two secret judges picking their favorite first sentences. The winner gets a FABULOUS present! (from an agent.......)
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