How to tie your reader - The first sentence


The first sentence decides on a story about life and death . Be read or not read.

THE BEGINNING
You have to captivate your reader, make him curious and ask questions. Only if you arouse his interest will you get him to finish reading your book.
I have already translated a really good article on this topic " Where do I start? ", But I would like to express myself again at this point.

WHAT IS ALL PART OF A BEGINNING?
The question can not be answered so easily. If you could really get everything you wanted, you would be your reader ...

... familiarize yourself with the protagonist
... make you curious with open questions
... get a taste out of partial answers
... put you in suspense
... provide basic knowledge for further plots
... clarify the location, circumstances and environment

In short, you have to tell him everything and nothing.

The problem is, the more comprehensive the overview, the tighter it gets in general. The more questions and the fewer answers the more confusion and the less will to find out more.

THE GOLDEN MIDDLE WAY
That's why it's important to find a good mix. I like to start in the middle of a situation. Something with which the reader can do nothing, which sounds interesting anyway.
Blood splashed against the wall as the hammer hit the back of his head.

Okay, admittedly a bit disgusting. But it asks the questions :
what happened?
Whose blood?
Who is beating?
Why is this happening?
Is it a crime?
Is it self-defense?
Is he dead?

At the same time there are also answers :
It is certainly not a love affair.
It will be something exciting.
One of the protagonists is at least injured, or has just hit someone with a hammer on the back of his head

Definitely more questions than answers . So for a first sentence not a bad approach. Provided your reader likes Splatter , you'll at least have him reading that second sentence too.

But if it goes on so much that you mainly ask questions without providing answers , then you have lost . Either you have to start a subplot now . Maybe start somewhere in the past to slowly get back to this point of history.

You can also keep an eye on Albert, who is strolling by on the street when he hears a noise. It then becomes clear that this is the crime that has just happened. You give some hints on how to proceed, but there are still some questions left .

Next, your task is that you gradually ...

... give some answers
... keep asking new questions
... slowly introduce your protagonist

THE WEATHER
I'm almost sure that I've said it before, but I'll do it again and it will not be the last time: Do not start with the weather!

How many stories have I read that started like this:

Stormy gray clouds drifted across the sky, lightning flashed and rain stung like spray through the night.

What we have thus learned?
It is night and it is raining.

What questions have been asked?
None.

Do we know who or what is going on?
Not in the least. From an alien abduction to a western, everything is in it. It could play anywhere, anytime, acting on Napoleon's as well as Madonna 's.

YOU CAN DO IT BETTER TOO
Weather is an excellent and, above all, easy way to create a mood. That's why it's so widely used. But that is also the reason why she is an expression of poverty in the first sentence.
If your only means of creating a mood is boring, if sometimes very effective, then there is still a lot to learn. If not, then you should save it for the moments where it is inevitable and here, in the beginning, to convince yourself that you can do it differently.

GRANTED
A bit of weather here and there is a useful tool and sometimes necessary, but it just does not belong in the first sentence.
This first sentence has to fulfill so many conditions, bring so much over, generate so much curiosity, excitement and desire because you just can not even expect it to do something as trivial as a weather report.

WRITE HIM AT THE END
The first sentence is a damn delicate thing. You can not start without him. But at the same time he is so immensely important that you have no idea how he should look right at the beginning . Therefore, avail yourself of the advantage of a writer: You can revise the story .
So start with some sentence, with the lousiest, most boring first sentence you can think of, or just borrow one . And then go ahead. Do not go back to the beginning before you write " End " under the story. Only then do you worry about how you can start the story in order to cast a spell over your reader.
What is the best first sentence you ever read or wrote yourself, or the worst first sentence? How do you start your stories?
How to tie your reader - The first sentence How to tie your reader - The first sentence Reviewed by Admin on August 06, 2019 Rating: 5

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