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Followed by the insertion of a form rejection letter into your SASE and delivered by the minions of our illustrious postal service. Not unless you enjoy the prospect of strangers hunting you down and doing you bodily harm should such a story somehow find print.
Such an opening signals clearly to the agent or editor that the writer is about to take her through a tedious and thoroughly dull journey of the character waking, eating breakfast, greeting all the numbingly boring children in the house, and so on. Resulting in progeny from the shallow end of the gene pool.
Too Little Dialogue One of the primary red flags for many editors and agents is the absence of dialogue on the first few pages of a manuscript. All editors—no matter what the material, screenplay or novel or short story—look for lots and lots of nice white space.
Some editors are even known to rifle the pages to see how dense the prose is. Readers who cover screenplays do this automatically to check for the amount of dialogue in the script—there had better be a lot!
Signaling a read that promises to be boring. And you know what that means.
Opening With Dialogue This kind of opening was popular at the turn of the last century; it looks musty now. The problem with beginning a story with dialogue is that the reader knows absolutely nothing about the first character to appear in a story. For that matter, any of the characters.
That requires that she read on a bit further to make sense of the dialogue. Then, at least briefly, she has to kind of backtrack in her mind to put it all into context. That represents, at the least, a speed bump, and at worst, a complete stall.
That interrupts the fictive dream the reader has willingly entered. Once the read is stalled, however momentarily, it becomes easy to put the story down. Many times, never to return. You want to avoid such stalls at all costs. There are, of course, certain notable exceptions. Just another reason to not open with the character ruminating.
Most times, if not always, look for a better way to begin your story than with dialogue. This excerpt is from Hooked: To learn more about the book, read an excerpt on writing opening scenes.
For more resources on fiction writing, we suggest:Got a call a couple of days later, and it was the guy from the ad who said, “You should know that you get the award for best cover letter ever.”. A LETTER FROM AN EX-WITCH. WRITING ABOUT HARRY POTTER. I am writing this urgent message because I was once a witch.
I lived by the stars as an astrologer and numerologist casting horoscopes and spells. When you want to ask a business for more information concerning a product or service or for other information, you write an inquiry letter.
When written by consumers, these types of letters are often in response to an advertisement seen in a newspaper, magazine, or commercial on television.
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