From our writers blog…
By D.M. Gutierrez
“An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” –Stephen King (from an interview with Joe Fassler of The Atlantic)
Last week P.A. Thompson posted about opening lines. I threw in a few of my favorites in the comments, but I didn’t mention my own. That’s because my biggest struggle in the process of my WIP is the beginning. I’ve rewritten the opening chapter (and I mean completely rewritten it) probably 10 times.
Should it be an epigraph? a prologue? a chapter? What is going to catch a reader’s eye the best? I really don’t know. So I’ve written it every which way I can think of. Some critiquers like it one way, others another. Some say, chuck the whole thing and start with Chapter Two.
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