Openings

Do you want to expand your writing skills and develop great openings?  Try these exercises:
  1. Examine the first three paragraphs often published novels. Is there a narrative hook? What is it? What does it make you wonder about in terms of the story?
  2. Apropos of nothing, write ten simply gripping opening sentences.
  3. Expand these opening sentences into whole paragraphs. See what you “discover” about the characters and the story. Store these away for possible future use as novel idea sparkers.

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