Your Story's Beginning
- The most important is to get the story going and show what kind of story it's going to be.
- To introduce and characterize the protagonist.
- Engage the reader's interest in reading on (plot).
These three jobs are absolutely vital. To the degree that any short story or novel neglects them, it's risking being dull, uninvolving and possibly confusing to the reader.
Why do I bring up such a very basic writing construct? Every once in a while we need to make a re-assessment of the beginning of our story. Is it doing all it can for our readers? Does it grab them and take them on the beginning of a journey that they won't want to quit reading? After not seeing my story for over a month, I got to see it with fresh eyes and found myself editing it to liven it up. You might try setting your story down for a time and then start at the beginning to see what you find. The results may be just what your story needs.