How to start…
Just to be clear, this isn’t one of those How To articles. There’s tons of them online, and a lot of them make for good reads, filled with tips and tricks. But it is one thing to read articles and another thing to actually do it.
I have spent hours world building, writing notes on the flora and fauna, the different kingdoms, the people and their customs. I’ve even come up with a couple of rudimentary languages to use. But no matter how many notebooks I fill, I still won’t have a novel unless I manage to write that first magical sentence. And a lot is riding on it. It’s the hook, the very thing that will make the reader want to continue reading.
It is easy to cave under the pressure, isn’t it.
Okay, so let’s say we have the first sentence and it’s a great one. Now we just need to figure out how to introduce our readers to the verse we’ve created, and at the same time not bog down the first chapter with a lot of background info. The first chapter should be fast paced and exciting so it draws the reader in and gives him or her a chance to get to know the main characters. Well, that’s the theory at least.
Yeah… I know, there is no real rules when it comes to writing. Other than the grammar, and even they can be broken.
Maybe a slightly crappy first sentence and a slow, long-worded first chapter is just whats fantasy-readers really wants?
Or I could just go back to the ol’ drawing board and start over… *sigh*