I thought I would take a moment and discuss…writing.
Shocking, I know.
For me, one of my favorite parts of writing is the beginning of a story. There’s the inherent challenge involved in the craft of creation, of course, but the fun is making sure I can drag people in with me.
Perhaps “drag” is not the best word. Perhaps “entice” might be more appealing.
I’m going to stick with my original choice though because I often feel like I have to forcefully convince a reader to join me. And I give myself less than five hundred words to make it happen.
The key, for me, is to throw my readers into action and/or dialogue. No backstory to start with. No big “landscape” moments. Usually, it’s a short and dirty introduction to characterization via observation of action or through the words folks say. My readers have to connect with my characters. I want them wanting to read on and find out why these guys are important.
“But Sandi, it’s just a romance novel…”
I know. But I also know that my readers have endless romance novels vying for their time and entertainment dollar. Mine have to grab their imaginations, right? I want folks to jump in and enjoy.
I do this by utilizing as many of the five senses as I can in those five hundred words. You can, too. I dare you. It doesn’t take long to write that many words, but I would challenge you to tell the first part of a story and touch on everything as you do….
And if you do, let me know. 🙂