Dialogue. The opening page – Part 2

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

In our previous post we began discussing the critical first page.

Hi!    Today we’re going to talk about dialogue and that critical first page of your novel.
Not every novel lends itself to dialogue on the opening page, but if you can pull it off, here are some reasons why to do it:

•It physically breaks up the page.

That’s a good thing.
It gives the reader some white space.
Immediately, the reader believes rightly or wrongly…that your book is going to be a fast and fun read.
•Another one?
•It gets us right into the middle of an action.

And that engages us immediately.
Keep in mind that our real goal is to create a dream bubble…
A special world that the reader sinks into and inhabits…

Getting that reader into that world quickly is a big deal.
•The biggest reason?
Done correctly using dialogue on the first page immediately gives us a quick thumbnail of a character who piques are interest…
And something to worry about.

•Oooh.  You have that combination.   It’s gold.

Here’s an example dialogue on the first page…from my first thriller: The Timer Game.
The opening line of that book is a single sentence of dialogue.
Later on that page, we find that it’s spoken by a five-year old girl to her mother as they shop for a Halloween costume.
The opening line is this:
“If somebody’s following us, would you know?”

•Not bad.

Now it’s your turn.
Look at that critical first page of your novel
•and see if there’s a way to insert dialogue.
And I’ll see you next week.

Vlog Produced by: Pat Allen

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