How to make your story's opening scenes shine! Live edit of Sopho and Demaka Complex.
After editing hundreds of stories, this remains one of the biggest challenges in prose that I see. How to engage a reader through the scene from page one. So often in speculative fiction (and even literary fiction) the first scene doesn't accomplish all the writer needs it to do. Here are a few tips from last night's edit that can help you elevate your first chapters to the next level. Start with a problem. Make your first sentence outline a problem. Something wrong with