DON'T DO THAT.
That's right. You heard me. I just said to NOT open your book with that unbelievably tense and exciting moment that you think will wow them. Do you know WHY? Because I don't care about your character, and I don't buy the situation, and I'm just plain confused.
No. I need to care. I need to understand what's going on. And I NEED to be immersed in the scene, not hit over the head with it. Plus if you start at your climax, what are you building up to in the next seventy-thousand words?
You can start with action. That's okay. You should hook me with something I can't quite let go. But make sure it's
- the right point for your book to start
- Important to the story (EVERY scene should be or you don't need it)
- showing me something about the MC that I can connect with
So glad we could clear that up! Except that now I want to read a book about Godzilla in a prom dress for some reason...
photo credit (Kind of creepy that I actually found this picture)