And the Winner Is…
Ok guys, I need some help. No, I don’t mean psychiatric help (although I probably need that too…). I need help with the beginning of my story. Imagine! You could be the one to change my mind, change my book, and change the world!
Ok, so that’s a bit overdramatic. Hey, that’s what I do. 🙂 Seriously, though, I need your help. A friend of mine was reviewing my revisions and mentioned that the first few pages were hard for him to get through. So, I thought I’d get your opinions. (Hint: that means I need words. Comments. Suggestions, if you will.)
My current beginning is Main Character (we’ll call her MC, because I’m original like that) recounting all the history up to the present day. Confused? Here’s an example from our collective youth, since we all LOVED high school. “I was the nerd from the first day I walked into that building. Pimple-faced and buck-toothed, I stood out in a crowd more for my awkwardness than my stature. I was known as the Walking, Talking Thesauras. My greatest moments were the few times Mr. Burkenstein used games during English. Then, I was the most popular kid in school. Bet they’re sorry they made fun of me now, with me being the next American Idol.” Yeah…I watched it last night. This is the crap I can come up with on short notice. Laugh at it but don’t bash it. 🙂 It’s harder than it looks to write something on the fly.
Now that you have an example, here’s my question. Do you prefer books that begin with a background or books that jump right in? Alright, fire at will. And I’ll do my best to answer any questions you might have. (Remember, I’m creating a new world, what with Science Fiction and all. Does that have a say in the beginning? You tell me.)