STATUS: I took on a new client today. That always makes me happy!
What song is playing on the iPod right now? DEACON BLUES by Steely Dan
Funny how memories come out of the blue. Today I recalled a conversation I had with an editor several months ago (and undoubtedly over drinks) but I think it still holds true despite the fact that a glass of wine might have been involved. Of course, that glass of wine might be the culprit for why I’m only now remembering this…
We were specifically discussing novels in romance but I think it holds true for other genres (and feel free to cite those exceptions to the rules in the comments section because I know you will!).
She mentioned that she hates first chapter opening scenes that involve eating.
Breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
It’s probably the only time eating is a turn-off!
For her, it’s just impossible to make such a scene dynamic.
I have to agree.
In fact, eating scenes in general tend to lack momentum—unless the entire point of the story is somehow tied to the dinner scene. Then, I can actually see that working. This typically tends to happen more in short fiction rather than novels but I’m sure there are examples out there.
But as ways to introduce your character or show interactions, it’s do-able but hard to do really well enough to excite.
Some food for thought. Pun intended.