Tips For Book Openings

K.M. Allan

If you’ve entrenched yourself in the writing world, you’ve no doubt heard what doesn’t make for a good book opening.

These tips range from ditching prologues to the ultimate pressure inducing advice: the opening sentence/paragraph/page must automatically engage the reader or they won’t read on.

While this advice is enough to make you consider taking up a different career, ultimately, you should open your book with whatever is right for the story.

I did this for my debut, Blackbirch: The Beginning. It starts with another of those clichéd no-nos: a character having a dream. Dreams form a running theme throughout the book and serve as both a comfort and a warning for my main character. They also connect him to another important character who can only reach him through dreams.

Using this opening suits the story and sets the surreal tone, and (to my knowledge) no one who’s…

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