Write a catchy start to your book


The first paragraph of your story is a handshake.
The text and the reader become acquainted.

The handshake tells something about the nature of the story. You give a first impression of the style - do you start with a short sentence or a long one? From the theme - funny or heavy? From the genre - is it poetic or analytical?

The first sentence is also an invitation. You hold out a hand, hoping the reader will shake it.

With the start of a story you want to stimulate a reader to continue reading. You want to grab the reader by the hand and retract the story. So you want a "catchy start."

Different ways to get started
But how do you do that? Extend an inviting hand?
There are different ways to start a text. Below I will discuss a few.

1: Start in the middle


One of the best methods for starting a text is to fall in the middle of the story.

If you write a travelogue, don't start the moment you pack your bag at home. But start in the middle of that crowded city, while you have just been robbed.

After that you can always write a flashback about the moment that you carefully packed that bag, which has just been stolen.

It is tempting to provide a context or explanation in the first paragraph. To first explain why you went on a trip and when and with whom. But often that is boring and long-winded.

If you start with the most important and exciting moment of your story, the readers also want to know what happened before. The reader will now read on, because he knows that this will not be a boring story about whether or not to take your warm socks with you.

2: Start with an insight or statement
Start your text with a statement or insight. And try to make that statement stimulating and alienating. That makes you curious. For instance:

Vacuuming is addictive.
Writing makes you an annoying person.
I hate India. And yet I have been here for the tenth time.
You stimulate and at the same time you give direction to the text. Your column now revolves around that statement - step by step you explain how you came to that strange insight.

3: Start with a detail
A piece of moss growing out of a brand new building, a man combing his hair very carefully in front of a mirror, a woman walking slowly down the street trying to avoid the lines between the tiles.

By using a detail, you zoom in. Your story immediately becomes concrete - you give an image, so that the reader immediately sees it. And if you choose a striking detail, an atmosphere immediately comes to life.

Experiment with writing
For example, there are fifty ways to start a story. A few suggestions:

Start with a quote
Start with a dialogue
Start with a joke
Start with the end
Start with a question
Take a text that you have already written (or write a piece about when you started something new) and then try out all sorts of different sentences.

You will see that the character and red line of your piece change with each new beginning.

Practice yourself in different types of handshakes. In a firm, attentive, questioning and exciting handshake.
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