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Your Novel’s All-Important Lead—Begin With Answers

quotationCreativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. writer quote  —Scott Adams

quotationWrite the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either. writer quote  —Meg Cabot

quotationWrite what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open. writer quote —Natalie Goldberg

An opening epigram or life philosophy sets up the author to prove or disprove the statement presented and is intriguing to both writer and reader, as anything can follow the thesis: abstract images, a synopsis, a setting, etc. The answer opening sets the stage and suggests authority to the reader. The possible downside is over familiarity with the opening, so that it reads as a cliché.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. —Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. —Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children’s games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. —The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Most really pretty girls have pretty ugly feet, and so does Mindy Metalman, Lenore notices, all of a sudden. —The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace

The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. —The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley

“To be born again,” sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, “first you have to die.” —The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

Justice?—You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law. —A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis

Of all the things that drive men to sea, the most common disaster, I’ve come to learn, is women. —Middle Passage by Charles Johnson

Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space. —Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

Written by The UnNovelist
The Unnovelist