Establishing tone and setting right away is a good way to get point of view quickly and firmly established. It’s not the only way to begin — we certainly read successful starts composed of rants, reflections, and resonant difficulties. But, it might be worth our while to examine some excellent examples of authors establishing their authority with POV through tone and setting.
“A big noisy wind out of the northeast, full of a February chill, herded the tourists off the afternoon beach, driving them to cover, complaining bitterly.”
-The Quick Red Fox, John D MacDonald
“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot.”
-Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt
“I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.”
– Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
Sometimes, if a writer is dissatisfied with the start, it may be worthwhile to dig about the first pages of the work, where lines like these may be lurking unnoticed, and try one of them as line one of the tale.
I hope you’ll have another brilliant writing week. Cheers Mel
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