Kate Elliot: Some thoughts on openings in novels
The excellent Kate Elliot has posted some thoughts about openings in novels:
Any opening can work if it does work, but avoid what seems flashy or sleek just for the sake of flashiness or sleekiness. There should be more than one reason to choose a particular point of opening. Maybe it’s cool AND emotional; maybe it’s emotional and quiet and has subtle foreshadowing; maybe it’s kick ass action but so clearly laid out and with such a strong hook for the reader to identify with the protagonist that there’s no problem with the reader feeling distanced from the scene.