How to write a succesful beginning for your book

One of the questions you have asked me is how you should write a successful beginning for your book. Is there “right” or “wrong” way to start your story?

Let me tell you that these questions can easily block you for a long time and trap you at that point, unable to move to the next lines of your book.


Let’s read some lines of famous book beginnings.

Here is, the opening paragraph of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84:

The taxi’s radio was tuned to a classical FM broadcast. Janáček’s Sinfonietta—probably not the ideal music to hear in a taxi caught in traffic. The middle-aged driver didn’t seem to be listening very closely, either. With his mouth clamped shut, he stared straight ahead at the endless line of cars stretching out on the elevated expressway, like a veteran fisherman standing in the bow of his boat, reading the ominous confluence of two currents. Aomame settled into the broad back seat, closed her eyes, and listened to the music.

Can you hear the music flowing through the lines? This is a vivid description using music to affect readers feelings. Don’t forget that you can use the five senses to make your text stronger.

Let’s read one more example. Here is, the opening paragraph of Stephen King’s It:

The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years-if it ever did end-began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.

This unique bestselling writer knows the secret to instantly push you into a deep horrific unknown atmosphere.

A shockingly travel to the past.

Readers appreciate books that triggers strong feelings, especially at the beginning and at the ending of their story.

I highly recommend you start your story somehow, with a shockingly scene, maybe traveling your readers to the past, let’s say 25 years of history. That will help you understand how exciting writing can be. I am sure that even years after its first reading, your readers would still remember the awe it caused them. Imagine people who wants to be writers. How many steps closer to writing it brought some of them.

With such a “warm” way of writing and an event that emotionally affects every reader, the author wins his readers over from the first moment. This is something you should remember and apply at the beginning of each of your books. A shocking first image will give you a well-deserved reader who will want to buy the book. An equally exciting development will turn him into a loyal reader who, when he closes its pages, will look forward to reading your next story. The main thing is that he will never regret that your book is part of his spiritual wealth.

What do you need to do to make your book a success?

You will read many tips on how to start your book. Theory will usually suggest that you should start with a dialogue or a description of a landscape or a person.

I will ask you to pay attention to one and only thing: are you fascinated by the beginning of your book? Or is it boring and you must get to the next page to catch your attention? I know that it is difficult to judge your text objectively. That is why I will ask you to trust me and start with something that would make your book a bestseller.

►Put energy, action, a shocking incident. Something strange, a description of a very quirky person in a moment of weakness. Maybe even some statistics that evoke common sense. If at some point in your life, you read shocking news, news that you have left over the years and of course, you can connect it in any way, now is the right time to bring it back into your life. Use them to capture your reader’s attention.

► If all these seems foreign to your writing habit, I want you to look back at books that have remained in your mind. The ones you have classified in the strong writing pens. Pull them out of your library safety and flip through them one more time. Notice how the author begins his story. What emotions does it cause you?

From the moment you write your beginning and dedicate the next period to the completion of your book, I want you to go back to the beginning again. Do not read it! Open a new page in your editor and write a new beginning that you think fits into the complete story of your book. Write with all your heart the beginning that deserves in this story to which you dedicated the previous months of your life and show your readers how good it is. Do not “burn” your topic but win your readers!

► If you have your own first reader, give him the new beginning, and only this one, and ask for his opinion. Is this a story he would like to read? If he answers “yes”, then you have done something good. If not here is a new product just for you! Try again the next day, after spending a few minutes, thinking (pay attention to that, “thinking”) about how you will be able to write a unique beginning. Prefer to think about it in bed minutes before you fall asleep. If you are wondering if this is the right time to think about it, believe me when I tell you that this is the only time when you will be able to devote yourself unaffectedly to something so important, away from distractions.


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