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Whenever someone ventures into reading your novel, usually the reader glances at the opening sentence i.e., the very first line. Out of the dozens of ‘self-published’ writers who give their works to the public, very few of them attempt to make the opening sentence worthwhile.

Some open with a tremendously long one which consists of more than 24 words, the average amount a normal sentence (like this one) would consist of. Others usually make their sentences too short, cutting the amount of information below the average amount. Whenever an author begins opening his or her first own sentence, he or she ought to achieve the balance between conciseness and brevity. If there is difficulty in creating that type of balance, there also needs to be balance in the contents as well.

While I have opened my book with discussing the weather, I did not center the first three paragraphs on the subject of the weather. I don’t know how many more authors out there that make this mistake, but I am beginning to realize that this is an all too often error that would turn off readers from engaging the book. Unfortunately, not too many authors pay attention to this need and avoid discussing the needs to write a proper sentence.

Parker

 

 

 

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