|Alex Dunn & Jim Wilson- CHILE - Great Photo - March 2012|
Homer set the standard in The Odyssey. The Greek concept of “in media res” which means to begin in the middle of things, is the standard for most openings, even now. In her book, Building Fiction: How to develop plot and structure, Jesse Lee Kercheval writes “Structurally, openings tend to fall into three basic types, which I’ll call - Into the Pot, Already Boiling; Calm Before the Story; and Opening Statements to the Jury.” While these types of openings are not the only ones, they seem to be among the most successful.
Michael Seidman’s useful book, Fiction: The Art and Craft of Writing and Getting Published, writes “There are two decisions you have to make as you begin: Where and How; where does your story begin and how should you present it to the reader?”
"Opening words must enthrall in much the same way a bag of popcorn seduces the movie-goer to munch it down without pause."
Jan Bowman’s work has appeared in Roanoke Review, Big Muddy, Broadkill Review, Trajectory, Third Wednesday, Minimus, Buffalo Spree (97), Folio, The Potomac Review, Musings, Potato Eyes, and others. She won the 2012 Roanoke Review Prize for Fiction. Her stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories and a story was a finalist in the “So To Speak” Fiction Contest. She is working on two collections of short stories and currently shopping for a publisher for a completed story collection. She has nonfiction work pending publication in Spring 2013 Issues of Trajectory and Pen-in-Hand. She writes a weekly blog of “Reflections” on the writing life and posts regular interviews with writers and publishers. Learn more at:
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Blogsite – http://janbowmanwriter.blogspot.com