For the beginning of 2016, a tip from Stephen King on beginnings:
“An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.”
And he takes it further:
We’ve talked so much about the reader, but you can’t forget that the opening line is important to the writer, too. To the person who’s actually boots-on-the-ground. Because it’s not just the reader’s way in, it’s the writer’s way in also, and you’ve got to find a doorway that fits us both.
For more of King’s writing wisdom go to openculture.com
SWC’s next meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 6th in the Sooke public library. Members get ready for anthology #3!