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There’s good Trek, there’s bad Trek, and there’s okay Trek.
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You have an idea.
A lot of things can go wrong with a story’s beginning, and one of the most common problems is that it’s just boring.
Readers have a lot to learn during an opening, and somehow they have to learn it while being entertained.
The opening scene is one of the most crucial in your novel.
How this story of a stranded astronaut succeeds at getting readers engaged.
Too much telling and a lack of emotion hinder what could have been a tense opening.
A lack of focus and a tell-over-show mindset hamstring this fantasy story's opening.
How to get your story to stick with readers from the first words onward.
A lack of context and a meandering focus run a good idea into the ground.
Clunky dialogue and a lack of context bog down this spooky opening.
Poor word choice and a comical villain hinder this fantastical story's opening.
How to kick your story into high gear from page one.
Chris, Mike, and Oren discuss what a good beginning should accomplish.
A meandering, flair-over-substance approach spoils this Tolkienesque opening.
How your beginning can hook readers from the get-go.