- The opening sentence should leave you wanting to read to find out more.
- The first impression of your main character(s) should establish who they are, yet make them memorable.
- In the beginning, the reader's reception to your work is tentative at best. If you constantly give them reason to keep reading, their attention span for your work will increase with time. So, make the beginning gripping.
- To keep someone reading you need some kind of tension, and there's various ways of doing that.
a) You create a mystery.
The tiara of the golden ball is missing, and the only one of the mane 6 could have taken it. There's an item in a mail bag derpy is told to deliver, and she must not look inside. No matter what the cost.
This kind of tension only works so long as you make the reader yearn for the answer, and you can often do this best by having the main character yearn for it, too.
b) Tension through conflict
can exist on varying scales. Rarity doesn't know how to tell Twilight that the new dress she bought, and loves, looks terrible on her. Skipper is running away from old farmer Turnip after stealing carrots from his land. Applejack is wrestling a manticore with her lasso. Pinkie Pie's hanging by a cliff, as her rival, Surprise, smirks down at her cruelly.
c) Make your character experience fear.
Make their fear real. Fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Fear of coming up short. If Dazzle is 50 bits short on tuition at the arcane university next semester, don't just show him trying to get the bits. Show him panicking. Show him scrambling and worried.
Also,>Bad examples are great examples!
Bad examples are bad examples.There's a hundred bad examples for every good example. You don't nearly learn as much from bad examples as you do from good examples.
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