In the words of Chuck Wendig: “And the beginning of your story is the most vital part. The start of a story carries an undue burden. Imagine that your story is a pack mule, except that it is the animal’s forehead — or even it’s dopey muzzle — that is expected to carry the load. All that burden is shoved to the front of the beast, and so it is with your story.
…I am brutal when I read the first page of a new story.
My patience is literally that long — as long as one page….
You, the writer, are leaving a trail of breadcrumbs….
You are walking backward from the reader, trying to get the reader to creep toward you….
If you leave too many breadcrumbs…the reader will stop right there. …
If you leave too few breadcrumbs…then the reader will follow along but suddenly get lost….”
To elaborate, breadcrumbs = questions? & answers! They are the hooks that draw you in and the bold bursts of information that make you want to keep reading.
Of course, when it comes to my own writing, I’m not sure my powers of perception would know the correct ratio if I had it. At least having an awareness that there is such a ratio gives me a practical starting place when it comes to starting places.
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Wendig, C. (2014, November 5). The Breadcrumbs At The Beginning Of The Story. (Retrieved November 6, 2014.)