Friday, October 2, 2009

Precipitating Events

“Identify your story’s precipitating event, the moment when it begins--a body being dropped off a bridge, for example--and start there. Typically, this is a moment of change, or the threat of change, for the story’s protagonist.” -- William G. Tapply in Set the narrative hook: How to write novel openings that will reel in readers. [The Writer, October 2009]
This quote continues yesterday’s thought on beginnings. Starting at a “moment of change” makes sense. It creates immediate tension for the protagonist and is the kind of opening that compels the reader continue with the story.

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