Should You Cut the First Three Pages?
October 29, 2008 § 2 Comments
1) Your protagonist is alone for the pages.
2) He’s in bed or in a bathtub.
3) He’s imbued with an indeterminate sense of malaise.
4) The “action” is your protagonist thinking while carrying out activities that demonstrate his malaise.
Hmmm. Now I see why I stop reading so many stories so quickly.
His other teaching point comes from writer Jim Shepard, who shares that the pace of stories come from revelation. When the reader is learning, the story rolls along. When he stops, it dies.
Words to the wise.