I’ve crossed off 2 things on my TO DO list today. That might be a record.
BAND ON THE RUN by Paul McCartney and Wings
OBSERVATION: Beginning your novel with the main protagonist waking up in bed will have agents passing on the material 99.9% of the time.
It’s an opening we see way too often (not sure why) and 99% of the time, this opening simply is not the best place to launch your story.
1) In general, this action in an opening scene is static (read: uninteresting). It’s a struggle to make it interesting enough to merit beginning your novel here.
2) I’m going to venture a guess that a lot of newer writers don’t know where to begin their story so starting here seems like a safe place.
3) Just trust me on this, there is a better place to begin your awesome story. My suggestion? Connect back to what made you excited to write this novel in the first place and see if you can’t tap into that energy and channel it into your opening scene. Chances are good, you won’t then choose to begin your story with your main character waking up.
And LOL, wouldn’t this make a fun writing challenge? Have already successful, established authors participate and make it a requirement that their story has to begin with character awakening. Could be hilarious. Could be the first time we see a kick-ass opening with this construct.
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