Novel Beginings

Dear Fellow Journalers,

     I don’t know about you, but I often have difficulty writing that first sentence. It doesn’t matter if you are writing a letter, a blog post or your novel. How many times can you re-write a sentence?

     Your beginning is where the reader decides to keep reading. You want to keep the reader engaged and captivated. So here are some ideas (remember to write them down!)

1.       Make the reader wonder about something. No ready answer to the nagging question.

2.       Start with a problem.

3.       Start in the middle of the story.

4.       Introduce the main character and settings.

5.       Start with background information.


Here are some examples:

     “it looked dead, but I began to back away just in case.”

     “Katie Donovan’s heart pounded in rhythm with the sound of hoof beats on the road behind her.” 

                                                                     Mama’s Bible by Mildred Colvin

     “The execution of Nathan Hale on September 22, 1776, was the lowest point in a month of low points for General George Washington.”    George Washington’s Secret Six by Kilmeade


‘Til next time,


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