Day two of the A to Z challenge! And I've chosen beginnings.
I thought I might share my checklist when I look at the first page. I have used this list on novels and short stories and I find it useful when macro editing.
1. Does the story start in the right place? Has something momentous happened?
Is something going to happen in the next few lines?
2. Have you started with a hook? Does that first line grab the reader?
3. Are you writing active sentences?
4. I like short punchy first sentences and paragraphs.
5. Does it pique readers’ curiosity? Writers aim to make it difficult for readers to put down our work.
6. Have you introduced you main character? A must with younger readers.
7. What’s the problem? The character should have one. Maybe a bit of conflict.
8. Is it confusing? Are there too many characters?
Basically in the beginning you are aiming to;
· Start at a key moment in the character’s life
· Make sure that the change will have consequences
· Introduce the main character
· Show movement or arevealing conversation
· Make the reader want to read more
I have a few checklists for editing purposes. They help me. Also, if you are in a writing group or have been asked to provide feedback, having a list like this can make you more focused.
Why not try it?