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Anonymous said:
Can you provide any resources or information on wiring a hook (or beginning) sentence of a story? I'm having such a hard time thinking of one that I can't write the rest of my story

My own personal advice would be: don’t get so hung up about it that you cannot write the rest of the story.

There is a 99.9% chance you are going to change the first sentence to your story once you are done writing a manuscript. And you won’t just change it once… Writing a first sentence is a fine art that takes time and perseverance.

So your first course of action should be to just write. Forget about the first sentence. Take to your keyboard, your typewriter, your tablet, your pen and paper… and just write what comes straight to mind. It doesn’t matter if it a) doesn’t set the scene perfectly or b) doesn’t make a lot of sense… your first manuscript draft is for you only, so who cares what anybody else may or may not think? That comes much later.

Quick Tips for Writing Your First Sentence

  • Start with the action. The first sentence, from what I’ve observed, is a movement. It pushes the reader into the story one way or another. ‘There was something weird about…’, ‘He looked off to the side, and what he saw was…’, ‘She rolled over, hand hovering over the alarm clock…’ A good first sentence grabs the reader’s attention right off the bat!
  • Remember, your story is not entirely self-reliant on the first sentence. Yes, it’s very important, but think about the kind of things you look for when you buy a book. The first thing I do is check the blurb. What’s this book about? Will it have themes or a setting that I’m interested in? The reader takes in the first sentence, already armed with a fair amount of information and their own expectations. They’re prepared to give the book their time, so the first sentence should draw them in further than the blurb did. It doesn’t have to do all of the work on its own.
  • Study first sentences! Go back to the books you love and re-read the first sentence in all of them. Knowing what you already know from reading the book, what makes the first sentence so special? Try to remember what made the first sentence draw you in, or better yet, as you read new books, jot down little notes about what the first sentence did for you as a reader.

When you’re writing a first draft, your main goal should be to get the story finished. You can worry about the perfect first sentence once you come to the editing stage. So don’t let fear paralyse you, Anon. There’s no pressure. At least not yet…!

Resources:

Best of luck, Anon…! Lemme know how it goes.

- enlee

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Anonymous said:
Why is giving a disabled character powers a no-no?

referenceforwriters:

As a disabled writer, I wanted to write a story in which the disabled character doesn’t have an ability that negates his disability.  I wanted to reflect the reality of my own experience as a disabled woman in a way that I don’t often get to see in media, because most portrayals of disabled characters are by able-bodied people and seen through their perspective.  This is why tropes like the disability superpower, or any of the other noxious tropes I write about exist in the first place.  We don’t control the narrative.  I’ve written before about how painful it is not to have anyone who looks like you in the media you consume and how affirming it is to have someone who is like you with whom to identify in fiction.  This essay isn’t about that, but instead about the way these portrayals of people with disabilities teach people without disabilities to view us.

Why the disability superpower matters. It talks about fanfiction, but it’s a nice read nonetheless. 

Depending on the day of the week, I see these stories in one of three ways: Either the creator is thinking “I really want to include disability in my storyline, but I don’t think disabled people are interesting on their own. I better come up with something to make them more interesting to the storyline.” Or “You know what’s Special? Disability! Let’s do a disability special, and make that person have special powers!”.

(The third way is “Damn it, I’m irritated as all get out. Why am I even watching this?” Which is why I’ve never seen past the the radar-rain scene in Daredevil.)

I get frustrated with these stories not because there’s something deeply wrong with Disability Superpowers, but because there’s very little to counter-balance them in pop culture. It feels like, outside of the news (where people with disabilities are either tragedies or Very Special Lessons), television, books, and movies go for Super Powered, Special Lessons, or Not At All.

Let me tell you all about my disability superpowers

If you have any articles on the matter that could illustrate the issue further, link me. 

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Yo, Writing: What’s up with using numerals and spelling out numbers?

theyuniversity:

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Here is the simplified explanation of the rule for spelling out numbers or using numerals:

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If you want to delve into the more subtle rules, here they are:

Don’t begin a sentence with a numeral, even if it’s 10 or higher.

  • WRONG: 12 students fell asleep in class today.
  • RIGHT: Twelve students fell asleep in class today.

Be consistent within the same sentence, even if one of the numbers is smaller than ten.

  • WRONG: They ate six slices of pizza in 22 minutes.
  • RIGHT: They ate 6 slices of pizza in 22 minutes.
  • RIGHT: Finn ate two slices of pizza in twenty-two minutes.

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If you want even more rules, click here to read GrammarBook.com’s explanation.

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