alright, this is kind of an add-on to my other post, but I need ideas for opening lines to a fantasy novel I'm working on. The main characters are Alok, prince of Loring, and Reuben, a misfit peasant. Later on there will be a sheild maiden.
Just start by describing one of your main characters in the process of doing something. It's honestly not that hard.
Or you could add some plot workings and start with a scene focusing on the antagonist planning something sinister.
You could start with Reuben in the village. Use other villagers and their words/actions towards Reuben to show that he's a misfit.
Example: Reuben walked through the village carrying the firewood he was to sell. His dark brown eyes searched around the town, looking for a place to set up. Not looking where he was going, Reuben tripped and fell into a bucket of pickeled sardine. The man at the booth scolded him.
"Reuben, can't you do ANYTHING? All day long, all you do is mess up. Get out of here. I don't want to see you near my booth again!"
After you portray Reuben, go on to talk about Alok. Is he a good prince, bad? Does he want to become King. What does he really want to do with his life?
Actions are the best way to start any form of story, you want to hook the reader. Start with them doing something that reflects their characters personality. I.e. an excited child would be running through the village, dashing between elders and baskets in the market to meet their hero as he returned from their latest adventure.
Prologues can be good as well, and they can easily include lots of plot points to get the reader thinking and questioning things. Intrigue them and get them hooked. Make the characters understable, maybe misunderstood, but mysterious, unveil their in depth personality slowly.
Maybe you should have a prologue of the shield maiden in the mist of battle against her foes, with which it ends upon a cliffhanger, which is then revealed later on in your novel when she joins your other characters, hence furthering the plot.
Hope this has helped :)
NICE. I like your idea for beginning Reuben's book, I just might put in a little more detail. But I understand that you can't put that all on here.
Alok is a good prince, he's just very mischeivous. Amazing how visitors to the castle get so up-tight over their beds being short-sheeted and mice inside their boots. He is rather reluctant about becoming king, wanting to live a free and adventurous life for as long as he can.
Haha! Would LOVE to read this when you're done. Are you posting it on the site?
i might try, I'm just more comfortable writing with pen and paper than on a computer and I'm not sure that the editors would accept it. :(
I understand. Good luck with it! It sounds really good.
Hook the reader. Intrest them. Whichever way you go, you always want to make the reader want to continue. One thing you don't want to do - onomonopias. It makes you sound young and unprofessional if you start your story with "Bam! Blah blah blah" or so on...
Hope this helped!
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