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Is this a good way to start a novel?

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Submitted : 2018-06-14 17:15:55    Popularity:     

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There have always been brigands on the roads, you see, and in this region of Calradia particularly. Perhaps the cause lie with the wars on the frontiers, but they appear to becoming bolder.

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Write your novel first, then you rewrite it several times and the last two rewrites are the ones where you fine tune the opening, the closing, and fix any obvious dialog issues and plot holes.

It's a waste of time trying to get the perfect opening on a first draft.

Are you sure you're ready to write a book?

I think with some proofreading, you could start something similar, but usually a writer doesn’t use the word “you” in it. Definitely keep working on the idea because it could definitely go somewhere.

I agree with the people who suggest to “show, don’t tell.” You have to draw in the reader in, so make the beginning sentence something super exciting.

Don’t listen to the haters. Anyone can write and learn to write well. It’s a skill. Even the best writers have to rewrite stuff. I wrote about five different drafts of one story for college, each of them changing a lot but the final result was the strongest one I had written.

So keep writing! I really like your place name!! :)

For all of the reasons listed and more (including the grammatical errors), start over. There's just not much right about it. I'd start by dumping "brigands" unless you intend to write the whole book in dialect. It's not just archaic, it's obsolete.

No. The first rule of writing is "Show, don't tell." Don't start by giving the reader a history lesson about Calradia. Start with your protagonist being set upon by these bandits, and the consequences of that encounter.

perfectly fine. now finish the novel.

you'll edit it later. If you get caught up on perfecting every sentence first, you'll never finish writing a novel.

The wording is way off..

If this is fiction, your first line should grab the reader's attention. If this is non-fiction, it seems all right, just needs to be rewritten. "In the region of Calradia, there have always been brigands on the road (you might give a vivid description of brigands, along with what they do.) Efforts were made to trap and stop them from harming innocent people, however they failed and the brigands became bolder."
Not trying to rewrite your paragraph, just making a suggestion. The key to writing is to make it visual, using as much as the senses as possible. For instance, in my mind's eye I picture brigands as rough, dirty looking men in foul, greasy clothing whose appetite was inflicting as much pain and suffering as possible.
Hope this helps.

Not even good writing.
Brigands have prowled these roads as long as they've existed, most favored region is Calradia. The cause lies with the constant wars on the frontier, but lately, they have become bolder and more frequent.



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