Thursday, June 11, 2009

In the Beginning...

The beginning of any novel is the most important part of the novel. The first sentence, first paragraph, first chapter--they set the tone for the rest of the novel. They give us insight into the plot, they create a powerful first impression of the main character. The beginning introduces us to the story.

I'm going to do something a little different in my blog. With certain subjects, I'm going to ask for your opinions BEFORE I post my thoughts on the subject.

What are your thoughts/opinions/insights concerning the beginning of a novel? What are the crucial elements? What holds your interest; what turns you off?

1 comment:

  1. Even though I enjoy a good hook, I really think what draws me in most at the beginning of a novel is an interesting voice. Whether the author is telling me a story or having an interaction between characters or a bit of action, I like a writing style that draws me in. That moves me with beautiful prose or fun or sarcastic dialogue. These things will make me keep reading with pleasure.


Thank you for taking the time to leave your thoughts/opinions.