Paula looks at different ways of starting a novel.
I’m in the final stages of editing my novel Irish Deceptions, and have already started thinking about my next novel, so I thought I’d pass on some tips I’ve read here and there about different ways to start a novel in order to capture the reader’s attention and interest.
Start with a question – that can only be answered by reading on.
Start by appealing to the reader’s curiosity, something that makes them ask who, what, why, etc.
Start with an image that focuses on one of the five senses.
Start with something unusual (like the clock striking thirteen in Orwell’s ‘1984’?)
Start with an action, preferably something out-of-the ordinary rather than a mundane action.
Can you think of any more ‘start’ ideas?