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First Pages of Best-Selling Novels: Flight Behavior

This week, in our examination of first pages of best-selling novels, we’re taking a look at Barbara Kingsolver’s novel Flight Behavior (2012). We’re using my first-page checklist to go through an author’s first page to see why it effectively draws the reader quickly into the story. While novels don’t have to have every one of these checklist elements on the first page, usually the more they do have, the stronger the opening. )If you missed last week’s exploration, click here.)

Of course, the plot and premise of a novel is going to come into play here. Genre also influences what kind of opening scene will work best for a story. While there are a lot of ways an author might begin, regardless of genre, plot, and premise, opening pages need to grab readers’ attention and keep them reading.  Continue Reading…