When I started writing the first book, I did a lot of research on how one should go about writing a novel. It wasn’t particularly emphasized, but a big point is to catch your readers’ attention right away. And of course, it makes sense. If you don’t give readers a reason to slog through your content to get to the meat of the story, nobody is going to be interested enough to read more than a few chapters.
I edited the opening to number one a couple of times, adding a bit of length so the “hook” wasn’t so sudden. I learned a lot doing the introduction, and one I’m facing again with starting #2.
#1 started off with a one-two punch, setting up a story arc and promising further action by introducing a character that won’t be apart of the story until the future. So far, #2 seems a lot less interesting. It’s likely because I haven’t actually written new material in a while (and really, this is just the second time I’ve tried), but I don’t feel confident about how to dive into the new story. So far, it’s nothing but existing characters dealing with an existing problem, one that brings characters together. I figured this would be a good way to start off one of the story arcs, but I’m having second thoughts.
In any case, this is kind of a big glop of words now, but really, I just wanted to discuss. What’s a way a novel has started that has stood out to you? Was there a slow start that ended up being a great novel? Gimme your thoughts!