Good advice! Openings are very important. I know I won’t feel too compelled to read something if I’m not grabbed from the start. I especially appreciate Julie Hennrikus’s advice. I have a feeling I’ll have to do a lot of cutting, myself, once my novel gets to the revision phase.
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QUESTION: How do you test your story’s opening?
Wendy Thomas: First of all, I sit on it. After I write my story, I give it time away to do a little bit of maturing. Because I’ve got tech writing in my blood and I feel comfortable with plotting (as opposed to pantsing) once the story and I have both had time to settle down, I go over the beginning with a checklist that looks very much like the rubrics you had to use when you writing high school papers.
- Is there a hook?
- Have I introduced the hero?
- Is there conflict?
- Have I created tension?
- Is there too much back story?
- Have I grounded…
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