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Starting your novel
A frequent reason why reporters and writers stop viewing example pages is just that the storyline begins too slowly. "We can no longer liken our writings to classical works or even works of art from 30 years ago, which began slowly and were successful on the market. Today's fiction - especially debuts - has to be packed from the first page, the first section, even the first theorem.
In spite of the fact that the importance of launching seems to be known by most emerging authors, men still have a tough period with him. I' ve freelanced the first 15 pages of a customer last year and was shocked to see that all 15 pages just described a mystic lady who went through the deserts to work in a distant place.
This is an example of the extremes, but this issue - beginning too slowly - also comes in smaller, more subtlenes. Last summers I was sitting with two frahlings at a Literature Idol board at an authors' meeting where folks had their first page and we would lift our hand if we stopped looking at the template as if we were considering a genuine page on the mudheap.
In particular, I recall two attendees and the similar feedbacks from the agent on both. It all began with a man roasting about something in his flat. Both of the panellists informed the author that this weapon reference should be the first line of the note. An awesome first line - something like "I was compelled to start growing up so early that I have no real memory of my childhood" - was pressed too far down in the text.
Those big opening rows were grave - all because of the fact that the authors just don't begin their books with the best, meticulously selected words and immediately catch us. Perhaps studying the beginning of James Cameron's Faithful Read could help the authors find a straightforward solution to their issue.
At that time and today I was discussing my thoughts on the podium and would like to discuss them with you here. So begins the movie TRUE LIES from 1994 (I will be a little wide): The only thing you can see in the distance: a large manor house - a large castle with brightly coloured candles seen from afar through the window.
It' freezing over. Off the sentries along the ice, the icy tip of the sea breaks in a minute place as a very large blade slices through the snow from below. That'?s how the films begin a storyline. That'?s not how a novel should begin.
You should turn a novel upside down. This could be the whole beginning of your novel: Acknowledgement of the watchdogs / more risk. Mentions of men with auto arms / more risk. The castle is mentioned (Harry's dream destination). Nocturnal time mentioned. Acknowledgement of the snows, the reflections, the darkness, but also the beauties of a typical landscape of Europe in winters, etc.
You might even say here that the site is actually Switzerland. When you start your novel with 2 sections that describe the tree and the dark and moonlit, then you pass another 2 sections that describe the castle and the bright amber and the winter landscape, then the reader writer or agents will not even reach the half-good part (the boys with the weapons), let alone the real "hook line" about the man/agent who cuts the icy flow on a clandestine missions.
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