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Writing 101 - A Crash Course1. Open Boldly.
A lot of the times, the opening sentence of a piece of writing sets the standard of the rest of it. The opening line needs to be what I outlined above bold. It's your chance to hook the reader in, and any old sentence will not suffice. It has to grip me. It has to prove that its worth reading.
So, here's an example of how not to open.
"He stood above the city, watching the chaos below."
Never ever start with a simple he or she statement. You see how boring it is? On first impressions, it makes me thing the entire bit of prose will just be simple telling.
Let's try something better.
"Screams of chaos echo from the streets below."
Not telling any more, but showing. And it provokes these thoughts of what is happening down there. It's bold, much more confident in terms of command of language, and it has a narrative hook in there. It provokes curiosity. It isn't a great opener, but it's a good one.
"Screams of the innocent, screams of the d
Her CatalystAs she walks through the maelstrom, the words trace upon the tips of her fingers and press into the stone. Every brick, every crack in the concrete, every crossed and angular stroke in reds and blacks and oranges. The drips of the gasoline pool around the base of her boots, slosh as she steps over the burst pipes and the rubble.
So much rubble. So little outcry. The silence of the city grates on her eardrums and the mantras she'd been forced to memorize. The Seers demanded they observe thirteen years of recitation before they attempt to weave their first World together.
But who other than the Seers can claim the incantations that knot the skeins they twist and pull on like reins hold fast? When have any of the Sisters recorded the visions they traced upon space-time and recited them, left them open for critique and discussion and debate?
Which is why she walks through the chalky soot of the smashed city around her. This all
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