4 Big Pitfalls in Story Openings

Today, I’m guest posting on Jane Friedman’s blog, with a post on “4 Big Pitfalls in Story Openings.” Here’s an excerpt:

Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story

  • Plant an irresistible hook.
  • Give readers a reason to care about what happens to the characters.
  • Introduce overall tone (satiric, dramatic, etc.).
  • Introduce setting (time and place), conflict, and theme.

The beginning of a story is rather like a résumé. You flaunt your talents and skills and hope readers find what they’re looking for. Otherwise, you’re never going to make it off the bookstore shelf.

Here are four of the biggest pitfalls in story openings.

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.

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