1. Writing Prompt: Write for 10 minutes.
2. What are your favorite beginnings? Discuss.
3. Beginning Cliches: How Not To Start a Story
- Opening with a dream
- Opening with the alarm clock buzzing
- Being unintentionally funny
- Too little dialogue
- Opening with dialogue
- Weather Reports
4. Good Beginnings: 10 Things Your Opening Chapter Should Do: A Check-List for Self-Editing
5. How to Write a Novel: 7 Tips Everyone Can Use
6. Book Beginnings:“It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.”
–Delirium by Lauren Oliver
“The best time to cry is at night, when the lights are out and someone is being beaten up and screaming for help. That way even if you sniffle a little they won’t hear you. If anybody knows that you are crying, they’ll start talking about it and soon it’ll be your turn to get beat up when the lights go out.”
–Monster by Walter Dean Myers
“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.”
-Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer's Stone
“Here’s everything I know about France: Madeline and Amelie and Moulin Rouge. The Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, although I have no idea what the function of either is. Napoleon, Marie Antoinette, and a lot of kings named Louis.”
-Anna and the French Kiss
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”
“I remember being born. In fact, I remember a time before that. There was no light, but there was music: joints creaking, blood rushing, the heart’s staccato lullaby, a rich symphony of indigestion.”
Here is a small fact: You are going to die.”
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
—Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
"The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed."
—The Gunslinger by Stephen King
7. Other Possible Beginnings:
8. Using the 10 Things Your Opening Chapter Should Do checklist, write the opening (at least 200 words) of your story.
9. Exit Ticket: What type of beginning is your favorite and why? Write a 5-sentence summary response.
- Writing Prompt
- Beginning Notes
- Your Beginning
- Exit Ticket