Monday, November 8, 2010

Open With a Blast

Let's use those jumper cables for the imagination once again, shall we.

Great writing begins at the beginning– with a great opening sentence often referred to as . . .


In writing a story, sometimes it’s that first spectacular sentence which launches you, as a writer, into the story. In other words, the story flows from the first sentence.

So, what makes a great opening sentence?

There are no rules, but it seems to me, a great opening leaves the reader in a state of curiosity, asking questions like, “What’s going on here?” “Where is this story going?” and so on. The reader’s curiosity has been tweaked, so they feel compelled to read on.

At least, that’s my theory. Stay tuned for some specific suggestions on how to create such mind-blowing opening sentences.

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