Can I just say, I love drugs.
Now before you get all 'no she didn't!' on me. I'm talking about medicine. Particularly Mucinex D. I felt like crap this morning and of course when that happens you call up your mom. And she recommended something which works like magic. Feeling SO much better now.
And I was slightly worried because I'm running a half marathon on Sunday. If my head is in a cloud and I can't breathe through my nose, who knows where I'd end up along the 13 miles.
Anyways. Enough of that. What I'd really like to leave you with before I jet off to sunny Florida tomorrow is this idea that I came across in a post this week.
Where should you start your story?
I agree with this concept. I'd rather not read a whole life history while the main character is flossing in front of the mirror before heading off to their normal high school day. But the post I read (which for the life of me I can't remember where I read it) made a good distinction.
Make sure that first scene is the moment and place where your character's life will never be the same again.
I think the distinction of scene is very important. If we're thrown into an action right away, without even the slight investment into the characters involved, why would we care?
Its incredibly difficult to write a scene in which we fall for the characters as well as start the story rolling all within the first few pages of a book. But if done right, our readers will be holding on for dear life.
Obviously, my opinion isn't law or anything, so I'm curious...
Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? Do you find that your manuscripts follow this 'rule'?