I’m dissecting the article Hunting Down the Pleonasm, by Allen Guthrie, using it as a cattle prod to search for little nasties in my manuscript. Yep, you can join in the fun, too. Let’s take a looksee at topic #17
17: When writing a novel, start with your characters in action. Fill in any necessary backstory as you go along.
Everyone PLeeeeeese read that again.
Yes, I am an admitted action junkie, but I’m not asking you to explode something on your first page (although I have been guilty of doing this)
Buuuuuttt… Your character should be doing SOMETHING when the story starts out… and even at the start of a chapter. You need to grab your reader right from the first line. That’s hard to do when nothing is happening, right?
Make it fast, make it clear, and grab your reader. Make them want to read on. You only have a page to make an impression. Make it a good one.
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