A Little Rant About Intros

As I mentioned earlier, you have to select details to carry your story along and that won’t overwhelm your reader.  In this same essence, you must also choose an Intro worthy of your reader’s interest.  Though I will go over making an interesting Intro later, I would like to first point out this very ESSENTIAL fact that will help your writing greatly.

 If your begging to your story is a summary with lots of telling, you are doing yourself a disservice.  You do not need a prologue to start your story, you just need a story.  Chapter Ones are very fine starts.  I, like many readers, enjoy the mystery of what’s going to happen.  But if you have a beginning like this:

            It was terrible what they did to me those years.  I needed an escape.  No one was there to help me then.  They will pay.  They are called Emperor Meng’s Sorcerers.  For the last year they have tormented me.  This is my story.

Unless you have a journal thing going on, which I do not suggest for it is not as easy as you would be led to believe, this intro is unneeded.  Everything that is said is not only distracting by its telling, but it is all the details that your readers will find out later through story.  Just jump into a scene and stop trying to summarize what will happen or has happened.  Keep your readers in suspense and they will follow your story.  If you simply mention the name of Emperor Meng’s Sorcerers with some connotation that they are not good guys and have caused some sort of conflict, that will be enough to draw your reader into reading more.  But you cannot do this with a summary for an intro.  It would work best if the name was say, mentioned in a piece of dialogue between your main character and his fellow conspirator.

 Selecting details can be vital to whether a reader may continue reading or not.  Some have more patience than others, but with overwhelming details, or just summary of details to come, you may lose many of your readers.

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Show Vs Tell (in my experience)

Okay, first off is the concept of Show vs. Tell.  I know a lot of newer writers like to say “show And tell.” But, let’s be real, this isn’t kindergarten.  You’re not taking your favorite teddy bear to class and telling them about it.  There is a battle of show vs. tell, and show generally wins every time.   Also, you’ve probably gotten a lot of people telling you to Show more in your story.  (Haha, telling you to show.  I crack myself up sometimes… anywho)

So, what exactly is Showing?  Continue reading