This week while I’ve been waiting for use of a printer so that I could get my hands on a hard copy of R&M #6 for the editing stage I made a start on Acer #4. It’s going well, as in the word count rises steadily and Acer’s story unfolds. But I have a nagging doubt about the way I’m going about writing this one. I don’t think it’s terrible or anything like that but I think it could be more … exciting.
I’m writing it, like I’ve written the other three in the series and all my books come to think of it, in a chronological sequencing of events ie Acer goes here, he does this, he goes there, that happens etc. What’s wrong with that? Nothing, I suppose, but…maybe I can best illustrate my point with examples of opening sequences from others’ work.
I’ve just finished another brilliant book. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. When I say brilliant I mean BRILLIANT! The opening of this book conforms with the thriller writing theory (although it’s not a thriller) of starting the opening chapter in the middle of an action sequence. If you’d like to see it for yourself use the ‘Look Inside’ feature of the link below.
Palahniuk then tells his story and the final scene of the book revisits the opening scene.
I’m a big fan of James Bond films, particularly the last three featuring Daniel Craig in the lead role. (I haven’t seen Spectre yet)
Each of the three opens with an action scene. Action, action, action. Grabbing the viewer by the hair and throwing them into the story. I can’t wait to see what they’ve done with Spectre.
Casino Royale – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OTSW4DRcx0
Quantum of Solace – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfYC_CBNtiM
I’m toying with the idea of going back to start Acer #4 again. On the one hand with the word count at 15000 and knowing I’ll be ditching a lot of that for a different opening it’s not a good feeling. On the other hand if it makes the book a better read then how can I not?
In other news: I have a cover for R&M#7 now. I’m still in discussion with the cover-artist over R&M#6. I hope to be able to share those next week but wouldn’t feel right about it until I’ve paid him.
I did get to the printer by the way and the ink cartridge ran out after thirty pages. 😦