Writing Prompt: Effective Openings

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Writing Prompt: Effective Openings

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Writing Prompt: Effective Openings

This week’s writing prompt is all about constructing effective openings, and drawing your reader into your work as quickly as possible.

The Job of the Opening Paragraph

  • Hooks or engages readers
  • Makes promises
    • Voice – author’s point of view toward subject
    • Point of view – first, second, or third
    • Form – blog, story, argument
  • Gives the piece direction
    • Establishes subject and limits it
  • Raises narrative question
    • What problem is to be solved?
  • Establishes tone

Let me know how you construct an effective opening!

If you found this writing prompt useful, why not check out the previous prompts:

Writing Prompt: Focus – The Key to Clear, Coherent Writing

Writing Prompt: Finding and Selecting Essential Detail

Writing Prompt: Use Unfamiliarity to Create Dramatic Tension

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2016-12-17T19:00:19+00:00 July 11th, 2012|Categories: Boot Camp, Prompts|Tags: , , , |

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Terri Giuliano Long, a frequent guest blogger, with appearances on hundreds of blogs, is a contributing writer for IndieReader and also wrote for Her Circle eZine. She lives with her family on the East Coast. Her debut novel, In Leah’s Wake, winner of the Global eBook Award, Popular Fiction, and Indie Discovery Award, Literary Fiction, has sold over 130,000 copies worldwide.

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