Monday, 16 August 2010

WRITING TIP #103

If you're really stuck with your opening, cursor taunting you with its malevolent blink, go and get a story or novel you really love or repect and copy (only) the structure of the first sentence. Use the same number of verbs/nouns etc in exactly the same order. Do the same for the next sentence, and (hopefully) away you go. You'll come back endlessly to re-write the start anyway, and if nothing else it's an interesting look at how strong prose opens.

2 comments:

Anna-Marie said...

"It is a falsehood never repudiated, that a divorced woman in want of a new man, must be in possession of a mortgage" - that sort of thing?

TOM J VOWLER said...

Ha - sort of.