So now when you sit down with your hand on your keyboard just make sure you didn’t start your novel in one of these ways.
How not to start a novel.
Never start a novel with it was a dark and stormy night or even it was a dry summers morning. It is considered the worst opening line ever.
People won’t care about a characters past until they feel they know him or her. readers should learn about the characters past like they learn about their friends gradually not all at once.
- Describing an average day.
You do need to show what your character is losing or taken from but you don’t need to start by describing a normal boring going to work day. This isn’t interesting. Start where the story gets interesting.
- Voice over to reader
“Dear reader I am about to tell you a very important story ….”
Dialog is can be great story starters but only if you now how to use it properly. If you want to use dialog for your opening sentence you can use a one liner like “Please return to your sells for the remainder of the riot.” it gives both insight into the setting and situation.
This normally comes across as a drunk man at a bar trying to force his view of the world onto others. No one likes that.
just like you don’t care about strangers dreams your reader won’t care about your characters until they know him better.
Reader want to read about people doing things not about a small town with rolling hills, population 2000, called Transen.
- Alarm clock.
Don’t start your novel with, “The alarm rang, I was late!” (unless it’s a fire alarm preventing your MC to make it to his appointment with a hit man.) people don’t clock alarm clocks in real life never mind in books.
Fell free to ask questions.