Words of wisdom from sage Maggie.
In the publishing world, your opening sentence can make or break your work. You’re not supposed to state the obvious or write a long run-on sentence that tries to cram in the essence of whatever your piece is about. The opening sentence should pique your curiosity and make you want to keep reading in hopes that your questions about the story will all be answered and wrapped up by the end.
I read this recent article in The Atlantic, and in it, Stephen King is quoted as saying, “But for me, a good opening sentence really begins with voice.” Even if you’re not writing something in first person, the voice should be strong enough to attach the reader to the character and draw the reader in. Sometimes a character’s voice is so powerful that the story almost comes in second — I know that’s been the case for me. I…
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