Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Questions about Beginnings (Part 9 of 9)

(an encore post)

Last words on first words.

One way to learn to write good beginnings is to see how the professionals do it. Although some do it better than others, I learned a great deal about beginnings by reading only first paragraphs of half a dozen books every day for a week.

Why not try my method? As you read, ask yourself these questions:

• What makes the opening strong?

• Does this paragraph fulfill the three purposes?

• Why does this opening hold my attention? (Or why doesn't it?)

• How could I have made the beginning stronger?

Wise writers willingly learn from the best.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for sending all your helpful posts. You are an inspiration to many people.

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  2. Cec, thank you. I got two language arts textbooks that contained short stories and excerpts from larger works. I typed up the first couple of paragraphs from each and put them into a word document. I settled in with these story starters and let my mind and emotions take me where they went. Now I challenge myself to come up with similarly strong beginnings.

    My next task will be to apply the 4 questions in this post to each. I've been taking notes from this great blog post series and it's shaping my writing. Thanks!

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