Writer’s Craft #29 – Never open with a ?
Are there no-nos for how to start a novel? And can you break the ‘rules’?
Part 1: Courtesan Prince in my Okal Rel series starts with a recruiter springing rel-pilot Ann from a group home to go meet some crazies called Sevolites. It takes place on a beach. But at least Ann wasn’t being sensitive on a beach. Starting with a dream is another no-no. Don’t think I’ve been guilty of that one, although I have committed more than my quota of flashbacks. Authors are also discouraged from starting a story with someone waking up in the morning. I’ve never started a novel that way, but I nearly did, once. (Draft Excerpt: Ranar and Di Mon an unpleasant wake up call )
Should a writer steer clear of the ‘no-no’s? Do we even agree on what those are? When might it be unwise to ignore such advice, and when should you get stubborn?