Well it all depends on the story, doesn’t it? Romance, adventure, historical, factual or fiction – they all need a beginning that’ll entice the reader to read on.
Books usually have some form of “blurb” or synopsis, which is intended to give prospective readers an idea what the contents are, so it’s important that this “promise” lives up to expectations.
My “blurb” promises a fast paced exciting read:
What would you do if your life was filled with fear? Hide, run away – or would you fight back?
This indicates that the story is one of adversity, conflict and hardship. It also indicates its urban setting and is intended to give the reader the chance to decide if they wish to open the book and see if it lives up to its promise.
Above is an extract from chapter one and as you can see, as a reader, you’ll hit the ground running, thus living up to the blurb’s promise that this book will not just pull you in, but will so immerse you in the story, you won’t have time to catch your breath.
The intention, of course, is to sweep the reader along. To make them feel as if they’re there, in the dystopian world I’ve created and to emphasize with the main protagonist in his determination to survive bigotry, hardship and ultimately overcome adversity; in other words not just to survive, but to live. After all, that’s what life is all about, isn’t it – to experience it as a participant and not just as a spectator.