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Lesson 5: Examples of Brilliant Openings: Lesson 1: The Evolution Of Every Story No matter how complex the plot is, all stories, or at least all great stories, are based on a simple structure: The protagonist is displayed in his current world, where everything is stable. After the initial scene though, his current world is shattered and it becomes unstable. Think about The Lord of The Rings. Throughout the whole story, the character struggles to restore the stability in the world, in his life, or in our case, for all the living creatures situated in Middle-earth.

The harder the goal to achieve the better. Show the goal of the antagonist: The enemy should enter the scene. His goal will be the opposite of what the main character desires to achieve. You need to leave your protagonist in worse shape than when he entered the scene, i. For example: If your protagonist is chasing a girl, make that girl fall in love with someone else. The beginning of your story should always mean conflict. Something bad happens to him and now he needs to find a way to come out from this situation.

The Story-Worthy problem: The above is part of something larger: the story-worthy problem. This is the main act of the story and it functions on the background.

Think about the beginning of World War Z. The movie starts with the attack of the zombies on the city but the real problem is larger — the extinction of humanity. It only sets the scene for the main idea. Give the reader only the necessary info for the past because otherwise, you may bore your readers.

The Opening Line: A sentence of a great importance. The opening line should be your main concern and you should spend a lot of time crafting the perfect sentence. Character Introduction: The opening is where you introduce your main characters, usually. Again, keep things short. Settings: A lot of things fall into this section: the physical space, the time period, the culture, everything happening around.

The important thing is to include only things that serve a purpose to the main plot. Foreshadowing: This means giving hints about future obstacles to come. This is a common technique used in good every book or film.

Think the beginning of all horror movies, where a strange shadow walks behind the main character and later disappears. This tells us that something creepy is going to happen later in the movie. Even though all of the components are kind of necessary, you should stress more on the first four.

All great stories are about trouble and how the main character overcomes the setbacks. Even products are about trouble, because they help you resolve a specific problem.

The inciting incident inserts some sort of trouble in the life of the main hero. This disturbance is so notable that the whole life of the protagonist is at stake.

Having the above in mind, Les Edgerton suggests starting the story when the troubles begin. Think about the movie Independence Day with Will Smith, the story begins with the alien ship arriving. Before that, there is no story to tell. Lesson 5: Examples of Brilliant Openings: The author includes a lot of great opening lines from famous books. If a whole sentence can be replaced by one word, do it. Put stress on the end of the sentence: Reserve the action of the sentence for the end.

We tend to remember the last few words at the end of the sentence. Put the action in the end, it will empower your text and give it a greater impact. Original language: Avoid using cliches, too many adverbs, and adjectives. People are pleased when they read original content that sounds human. Surprise your readers and delight them with a great story that they can feel, not only read.

And it makes a lot of sense. They want action, and they want it now. Notable Quotes: All good stories, are, in a sense mysteries. We read on to find out what happened.

So give your future readers a mystery. Create a mystery in your opening that you promise to answer by the end of the book or story.

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Lesson 5: Examples of Brilliant Openings: Lesson 1: The Evolution Of Every Story No matter how complex the plot is, all stories, or at least all great stories, are based on a simple structure: The protagonist is displayed in his current world, where everything is stable. After the initial scene though, his current world is shattered and it becomes unstable. Think about The Lord of The Rings. Throughout the whole story, the character struggles to restore the stability in the world, in his life, or in our case, for all the living creatures situated in Middle-earth.

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All you have to do is follow your gut. Some of the exercises are short and fun e. Yes - research! Or pick four words that you associate with the scene and free-associate three more words for each of these word clustering.

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On writing, books, films, potpourri and lagniappe on anything and everything Ashley asks: 1. Does a short prologue have to follow the standard rule for a scene goal, conflict, disaster? At least, in my experience. Which did nothing for the book, to be honest. I think a lot of writers—especially newer writers—think they make a novel look like… a novel. As to your question, does it have to follow the standard rule for a scene, why would it?

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