Thursday, January 12, 2012

Great Openings

The spicy-sweet fragrance of a florist's doorway, the first poignant notes of John Lennon's Imagine, and the timeless lines beginning a Dickens novel invite us to engage fully in an experience. Hopefully, this blog will pull you into our corner of the literary world.

All the aspiring authors here have written and revised the first sentences and paragraphs of our projects more than once. Openings are one of the greatest challenges to writers everywhere, especially in this day and age of sound bites and tweets. Months or years of work on a project can be rejected in the skim of a paragraph by readers, literary agents, and editors alike.

The engaging opening of Charles Frazier's Nightwoods comes to mind. Before turning the first page the reader knows the care of two troubled children has been thrust on a woman living in an old Lodge. The dilemna the woman faces is apparent by the descriptions of the children's abnormal behavior, immediately posing numerous story questions. The urgency of finding answers to the questions causes the reader to turn the next page and more complications induce the reader to continue reading--or not.

We would love to engage our cyber-audience in conversations. So let us know of books that immediately pulled you in to the story.

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