Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Your First 100 Words

I just read an article about how to make your writing shine and now I can't find it. I wanted to give you the link so you could read the actual post ( I think it was from Write To Be Done). I'll do my best to sum it up in my own words.

When you start writing a new article or chapter or story does it flow like you planned or hoped?
Me either.
The best of most dramatic part of what you're writing is usually not in the first paragraph or even the first page. The best is being cuddled n the middle of paragraph eight or ten or eleven.
The biggest problem of opening paragraphs is we write and write and then the good stuff flows.

How do you get a better start? Try this idea:

#1 Take out an old story you've shelved.
#2 Go down about 100 or so words then highlight and copy them.
#3 Delete the words.
Ouch! I know! (Save the highlighted words at the end of the chapter for now to save it.)
Now read your new first chapter. Does the new start change the flow?

Let me know what happened!

1 comment:

Lois D. Brown said...

I wlways like to jump into a scene late, probably to a fault, but I think it makes for more interesting first paragrapsh.