How much action is too much?
Writing action in a story isn’t always easy.
At least not for me. Because I’m currently struggling with this very thing. The first couple of chapters have to be right or I can’t move on. I go back and forth trying to get that balance just right.
Writing the balance between action and story in those first few chapters is crucial to hooking a reader. Too much action and I risk exhaustion, too little and I may bore the reader to death.
So where does a story really begin?
I recently read a great article about starting at the true beginning of a story.
“When you are looking for your story’s true beginning, look for the first event that changed your character’s path.” M.L. Keller
Ms. Keller reminds us that we need to connect dots with a change to move our story forward.
Great advice for this writer.
So, seems I need to find the catalyst that changed things for my protagonist and start there. Link events with other changes to propel the story forward. Hmmm. This may be doable.
After I read her article a couple more times or maybe six, maybe I’ll get it. LOL
Click on the link to Ms. Keller’s post below and see what you think.
Are her tips helpful to find the true beginning of your story?
Do you think it’s important to write action in the beginning?
Are you guilty of writing too much backstory too soon?
Got any tips for writing a terrific first chapter?
Please share your thoughts!