Does Your Novel Have a Strong Beginning?

Beginnings need to cover a lot of material in a short space of time. But we don't want to slow the story to the point of the readers losing interest. The readers want a story, not background noise. And a slow beginning is a lot easier to walk away from, than later when the reader's already read half the book or more.

How to Create a Strong Opening Scene

Your opening scene determines whether people will read your book or not. If it doesn't capture your reader's attention in the first couple pages, they'll likely put your book down and find another. With the speed of today's world, people no longer have the time or patience to wade through a slow beginning. No matter how engaging the rest of the book is.