5 Ways You’re Smothering Your Reader in Your Opening Scene – by Janice Hardy…

on Fiction University:

Let’s look at how much is too much in an opening scene.

I’ve had weekly critiques on the site since 2010, and a large number of those have been opening pages. Between that, my critique groups, clients, random critiques, and of course, my own reading habits, I’ve read a lot of opening pages. And, of course, written them.

Not all have been good. Not all have been bad. Which is fine for most of those pages, as they were works in progress and that’s normal. Opening scenes are tough to get right.

One of the things I see a lot of, is trying to put too much into the story too soon.

And instead of drawing readers in, we smother them in information.

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