We, as writers, know the opening scene sets the stage for the entire book. No pressure. This is not the place for an info dump. Keep the in-depth backstory about how their dog died when they were 12 until later or never. Introduce your world in a clean and concise way.
This is where you place your MC in their first physical action. Also, in this area, let your reader know where this is taking place and the timeframe. Do not have your character talking on a cellphone during your medieval timeline. No, no, nope- they will get chopped with a sword while chatting with Felicia about her hot date with Rob. That is a big booboo. Research is key here. Know your timeframe. This is a good place to introduce the main character’s flaw. Okay, that’s a lot to ask for an opening scene but remember, this is a scene not a sentence. You have time to create a vivid intro to your tale. K? Cool.
Breathe. It seems like a lot but its not. Like I said- it is more than a line. You can do this. Oh! Hi. I was talking to myself again there. LOL. I need to be supported too ya know. All righty- so it is time to warm up or cool down your fresh cuppa and steal that milk chocolate orange ball on the HR director’s desk. Shhhh…tiptoe. Be very quiet.
They are delicious. No one will blame you. Got it? Awesome! Okay, now grab your copy of Take Off Your Pants! by Libbie Hawker, rip the packaging off that beauty and let’s dig in. To the book, not your chocolate yummy. Or both. I can go with both.
Back to the beginning…this is where we create a clear view of our MC’s flaws. It can give an immediate impression that they have a major problem. You have the first few pages to set a strong hook for your readers. Let’s talk specifics. Think about your character’s Point A and the struggle they will go through to get to Point B. How will the flaw impact this journey? You need to draw a picture of why and how their situation is not ideal.
The example Ms. Hawker shares is the opening scene of Charlotte’s Web. Remember. It is of a little girl who saves the life of a runt piglet. Thus, she saves him from an early death setting the scene for love transcending death. This travels through the entire story.
Take a deep breath. Read through your notes for your opening scene and…GO!
Yes, I know this is short but I am working with the chapter heads provided in the book. This way, it makes it easier to find where I am since I am using an ebook. K?
Polish your sparkle and keep twirling.
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