Wannabe Writers, the brain child of Sarah of Confessions of the Un-published is a writing group for the un-published and anyone is welcome to join. It's a place where future authors can ask questions, share stories, and get feedback. Click (here) to find more about how it works.
Where I am in the writing process: Still working on the first draft of WIP3 Eyes in the Ashes. WIP1 Floating on the Surface is waiting in the wings and being entirely rewritten. WIP2 Winter's Illusion is waiting patiently for editing.
My current problems: My brain is tied up with class stuff and life stuff and I haven't had any time to sit down and concentrate on my current WIP.
My question this week: How to start a story. I've never been very good at writing hooks. Any suggestions? How did you start your story? (Dialogue, description, action, etc.)
I like reading stories that start with action or dialogue that captures you and pulls you in to the story right away. When I pick up a book in the store, the first thing I do is read the back cover or front flap, then read the first page. If the first paragraph doesn't catch my attention, then I know the rest of the story won't. If the first paragraph captures my attention, then I'll read the first page, then skip to random pages in the book. I don't like stories that start with description. I like stories that put you right there in the midst of the story. Eyes in the Ashes starts in the midst of an action and Winter's Illusion starts with dialogue.
For example: (just made this up)
She slipped out the back door, ran for the pool house and ducked behind the gate. She glanced back over her shoulder to check for lights and if anyone had seen her. Jacob's goons, Nathan and Packard were still at the front of the house, smoking. If she timed it right, they wouldn't know she was gone until morning. She shifted against the wall, her heart hammering in her chest. Her ribs ached and it hurt to breath, but she couldn't let the pain stop her. Not this time.
Want to know what happens next? So do I.... Methinks, I have an idea for a new story.