Sometimes I think I’ve spent the best part of the past year reading nothing but advice on how to write. Paris Review interviews, Stephen King, obscure wee blogs, and dedicated writer’s advice websites. I stumbled upon this nugget this morning. After reading it, I completely re-wrote my opening scene for a future project,
4. Open your book with an action scene. Don’t put biographical information or exposition in Chapter 1 (do that later). Introduce the crime—which tells you the stakes—and introduce the hero and villain, and even some obstacles the protagonist may face. Don’t sacrifice style—use metaphors and good language—but stick with action. link
Sometimes I think I must be one of the thickest, slowest, most disorganised writers on the planet. Other times, I figure this slow learning process is just ‘the process’.
Photo of Ngor, Senegal by me.