We use cookies to track usage and preferences. See Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
CA
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Christmas Presents
   You are currently viewing the Canada version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions >  Latest Articles > Start as you mean to go on

Start as you mean to go on
Writing Magazine

Start as you mean to go on

Posted March 18, 2016   |   2477 views   |   General Interest   |   Comments (0) Make sure your book begins in such a way that readers – and editors – can’t put it down, says Amy Sparkes

What is a major difference between young readers and adult readers? Patience. An adult reader might give it several chapters to ‘get into’ a book they struggle to click with. However, a child who is not engaged with a book will quickly move on to something else. That’s why it is so important for a children’s book to be gripping from beginning to end.

Often, the front cover is examined first to see if it appeals. If it passes that test, it’s usually down to the opening lines. How can you write an opening which captivates your young reader, and promises them a wonderful journey ahead?

The beginning of a story needs to be strong and well-delivered, drawing the reader in and making them want to read more. As a basic checklist, you could ask yourself:
• What information does the reader gain? How is this useful or enticing?
• What questions does the opening raise?
• Is there a hook to make the reader want to continue?

There’s no right or wrong way to open your story, as long as the writing is effective and appropriate for the genre. You could, for example, start with evocative scene-setting, intrigue, action or dialogue – or a combination of the above.

For more great articles like this get the April 2016 issue of Writing Magazine below or subscribe and save.

Single Issue - January 2018 Replica Edition included
$6.99
Or 699 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only $ 4.58 per issue
SAVE
34%
$54.99
Or 5499 points
6 Month Digital Subscription
Only $ 5.00 per issue
SAVE
28%
$29.99
Or 2999 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only $ 5.49 per issue
SAVE
21%
$5.49
Or 549 points

View Issues

About Writing Magazine

Writing Magazine is the UK’s biggest and bestselling magazine for ALL writers. Whether you write for pleasure or publication, whatever your style or genre, this magazine has something to help you.

More great content like this...

For more great articles like this subscribe to Writing Magazine today.

Most read articles this month


How do digital magazines work?

How do digital magazines work?

Digital magazines can seem like an alien experience for devoted magazine fans. Where will you be without that new glossy magazine smell? The sound of the page turning? A quiet half hour to just devour the latest news and views on your favourite hobby? More...
 3 Vegan Nice Creams from Vegan Food & Living

3 Vegan Nice Creams from Vegan Food & Living

The shades are out, the sunscreen is on and all you need to complete your summer chill is the best ice cream! More...
7 Ways to Stick to Your Workout with Your Fitness

7 Ways to Stick to Your Workout with Your Fitness

Whether it’s a busy schedule, life commitments or simply a lack of motivation, it can be tough to stay on track with your exercise regime. Your Fitness magazine asked Jim and Fiona Crossley, the founders of F45 Kingston (f45kingston.co.uk), for their tips on how to keep up with your training and achieve your fitness goals. More...
Carping4Heroes weekend raises £10k

Carping4Heroes weekend raises £10k

More than £10,000 was raised for Help for Heroes during the Carping4Heroes weekend, held for the first time at Cudmore Fisheries, Staffordshire. More...
Christmas Gifts for Her

Christmas Gifts for Her

Stuck for gift ideas for the lovely lady in your life? The Pocketmags team have pooled all their best ideas for gifts for her this Christmas. Get ready to earn some serious brownie points! More...
STAFF PICK: Look magazine

STAFF PICK: Look magazine

Kate Ashley reviews Look magazine More...
Nadiya Hussain's Tiramisu Cake

Nadiya Hussain's Tiramisu Cake

Nadiya tells Great British Food magazine: “The smell of strong coffee makes my stomach turn, but strangely enough I can just about bear the pain if I know it’s about to be mixed into cake, or tiramisu. Or – best of all – tiramisu cake!” More...
STAFF PICK: F1 Racing magazine

STAFF PICK: F1 Racing magazine

Steven Mikellides reviews F1 Racing More...
Failsafe  fingering

Failsafe fingering

In answer to a reader’s question, Graham Fitch addresses the complex subject of how to find fingering that works for you More...
7 reasons we love digital magazines

7 reasons we love digital magazines

Devoted to digital or passionate about print? Whichever side of the fence you're on, at Pocketmags we think everyone should give digital magazines a go. Here's why we love 'em. More...
Vouchers Gift Cards A magazine subscription is the perfect gift but you'll need something to show on the big day. View All
Ways to Pay Pocketmags Payment Types
At Pocketmags you get Secure Billing Great Offers HTML Reader Gifting options Loyalty Points