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How to Not Start a Story

(With some information from @belles-library)

I remember back in grade 5, in the classroom, practicing story intros. “You need to hook the reader,” my teacher said. “Maybe use an onomatopoeia. A good amount of information. Questions work well!” My teacher, however, was teaching us very primitive writing skills.

So, here’s a brief list on

✨How to Not Start a Story✨!

  • Onomatopoeia: this is especially if it’s an obscure sound or a ring-ring. It doesn’t have the punch or magnitude you’re looking for.
  • Full names: it might seem like a smart way to drop the main character’s name, but it’s a tired cliché and belongs in 2013 where it came from.
  • Mirror-scene: this was one of the most over-used clichés in writing female YA characters from around 2007-15. It’s where she stands (usually naked, for some reason) in front of a mirror and starts listing off what she looks like. Bonus points if, after the vivid description of how gorgeous she is, she claims to be the ugliest monster on the face of the Earth.
  • Over-descriptions: we don’t need a vivid description of the rainclouds unless it’s going to be integral later. Make the beginning more fast-pace to keep attention.
  • Info-dump: as we all know, info-dumps are to be avoided completely if it’s possible, so why would you put it at the beginning of the story where the reader wants to get in fast? Don’t overwhelm them. Start it quick.
  • Characters: don’t introduce anywhere more than 3-5 characters in the first scenes. Introducing just 3 new characters we know next to nothing about is pretty hard. Any more and the reader’s going to be confused and stop reading.
  • Death: although it’s a hooking strategy, I still don’t recommend it. If your plan has been to make the character die from before, try to do it sometime later in the story. Although it has some punch to it, the reader won’t care much about their death because they haven’t formed a connection with them yet. The later they die, the stronger the hurt.

If you manage to avoid these openings, there’s a good chance your introduction will be a nice, hooking one and live up to the great ideas you have for your WIP.


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