The number of pitches, synopses or opening lines I’ve seen like this is outstanding:
[Your character’s] life was simple, quiet and perfect…until it wasn’t.
I’m being dramatic, but perfection as a default is firstly boring, and secondly I want to know where the humanity is, not the godliness.
Think about these tips instead:
- I assume that we’re meeting your character at an interesting time in their life (or why else would you be starting the book here?): so get to telling us about it! Cut your opening line about perfection and ask yourself the tough questions: what is it the deep-rooted source of conflict for your troubled character.
- Instead of your character being perfect (because no one is!) tell me about their background in struggle. For example: what made them blind to asking questions about their life or blind to the conflict that’s about to come in the next 80k words?…
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