|Author:||Nola||Published:||almost 3 years ago.|
|Tags:||openings, beginnings, newspaper, prayer, screenplay, story, letter||Category:||Writing tips|
While most novels start with the main narrative, alternative beginnings can sometimes add that extra pizzazz that makes your opening stand out. Here are a few examples. (Click on the cover images at the associated web links to read these openings).
Like anything, alternative openings can be overused. Some of the guidelines we looked at regarding prologues also apply here. If you’re just using it as a gimmick or to do a back story dump, leave it out. However, it could provide a great hook for the reader and set up the story in an interesting way. Have you come across other types of openings? I’d love to hear your examples.