Starting in the Middle of Trouble

Aren’t we told over and over to start our story in the middle of the action?

 Author, teacher and blogger Kristen Lamb has some great things to say about this:

Ah, but this is where we writers can get in trouble. I see writers beginning their novels with high-action gun battles, blowing up buildings, a heart-wrenching, gut-twisting scene in a hospital or at a funeral, all in an effort to “hook the reader” by “starting in the middle of the action.” Then when they get dinged/rejected by an agent or editor, they are confused.

But I started right in the action! What is more “in the action” than a high-speed chase through Monte Carlo as a bomb ticks down to the final seconds?

Read more at  What Star Wars “A New Hope” Can Teach Us About In Medias Res

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