Saturday, 30 December 2006
10:21:39 PM (GMT)
Harry Potter, Eragon, Poppy, and Hoot. What do all of these books have in
common? They all have a strong lead! These books would not be as famous as they were
if it was not for their introductions! Who wants to continue reading a boring story
if it has a boring intro?
In writing, the most important part of the story is the introduction. You always want
to have a smart lead to catch your reader's attention. In writing you have exactly
3 seconds to catch your reader's attention.
Leads, in all their are 6 main leads. All of them are nice to use but one. You never
want to use a typical lead for introductions!
Typical~ I closed my door and went up to my room since I was mad.
Typical most likely does not give enough detail to catch the reader's attention and
does not make since. If you were mad why would you just close the door and go to your
room? Wouldn't you slam your door and run up to your room?
flashback~ Use present day text to compare to past text to start story. Be sure to
include how the two connect some point in the story. Example.... The pounding of rain
on my glass window reminded me of that horrible day in Mississippi when the hurricane
hit. The water came down in storms flooding everything. I was driving in my mom's car
trying to get away when a huge storm struck. Rain hit the car hard and lightning
action word~ Use a word that describes an action you are doing. Example....... Bang!
I slammed the door shut in frustation and sprinted up to my room jumping two stairs
at a time.
Although these are just two leads, I can come up with 3 more.... does anyone
know? I will send an item to the person who can guess two more correctly! One item~
one correct answer and one person! Only one person can get the item! Be sure to check
before submitting your answer!
Most of the time, people can mix up detailed leads with confusing, choppy, and boring
sentences. Two many details can bore the reader because those are things they do not
need to know! It makes the writer escape the main plot. Many details can also make
long sentences which can easily bore and confuse the reader. Too many details can
lead to lots of and's also's and which's. Too many of these in one sentence can make
the story choppy and confusing!