Oct 05 2008

Writing Tip of the Day: Avoid This Opening Line. It Sucks.

Published by at 12:16 am under Introductions,Writing Articles

“Hello, my name is _____.”  An even worse version is “Hello, my name is ______, but you can call me ______.”  If the most interesting thing about your main character is his name, you should probably get back to the drawing board.  Leading with another detail– any other detail– is likelier to interest readers.

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2 Responses to “Writing Tip of the Day: Avoid This Opening Line. It Sucks.”

  1. Chrison 05 Oct 2008 at 7:26 am

    So true. It’s been done to death. RIP

  2. Bretton 09 Oct 2008 at 7:34 am

    I personally think such an opening is pointless anyway. I prefer third person narration to first person POV.

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