So, let's talk about openings. Why not; everyone else does, right? I bring it up because I'm writing the opening to the book (The Superhero Murders), which makes it the natural topic on my mind today.
A quick Google search yields a library of advice on the topic: hook the reader, start with action, establish a voice, show character, start with an inciting incident, set tone, launch the plot, and so forth. Above all, make sure it grabs an agent or publisher by something important and doesn't let go. It's easy to find the advice. It's harder to make all that happen in roughly a hundred and fifty words or so. (If I remember correctly, that's about how many words end up on a title page after manuscript formatting.)
Examples are easy to find, too.
Yet, the one thing I do know is that nothing has been written so far. The page remains blank. If I agonize over the first sentence, paragraph, page, scene, chapter, or whatever, I still have nothing.
The trick I learned a short while ago, and I think it will work here too, is to write scenes more like screenplays and less like fiction. I don't mean in format, but in essence. I write dialogue. Actions look more like stage directions. Then, I can go back later to add in whatever I need to establish setting, mood, character, or whatever else. (That includes rewriting.)
So, instead of conjuring up some clever line about the sky looking like a dead television channel, I state what I know and keep going.
Text message. Kim checks it. A link to some news story. She tosses her phone back on the bed and returns to punching the bag in the corner of her bedroom. Another text message.
It's all wrong, right? You bet'cha. Not much of a hook, maybe a smidge of character, but certainly no mood or plot, yet. That's okay. I can work all that in later. The important part is I didn't wring my hands over the opening. With some work, it might be one of those great opening later, but
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