Ciao, SEers. It’s my turn for the Friday Writing Question, and I think I have an interesting one for you. It’s interesting to me, anyway, since I agonize over my novel openings.
More specifically, do you think they need to be the very first sentence? First paragraph? First page? Is the end of the first chapter too long to wait?
Personally, I think as long as the beginning is interesting enough to keep readers reading, the hook can wait. I’d be willing to read to the end of the first chapter if the characters are compelling. But if you don’t give me a burning question to answer or riddle to solve by then, I’m probably out, regardless of how cool the characters are.
What do you think? How soon do they have to come? Let’s talk about it.