Following on from the pitches yesterday (and I know there’re still some students left to pitch their story ideas to the class), I’d like you to consider the following points and explain how they might relate to your opening chapter. Write your explanations in the comments box below.
1) To what extent will the ‘outside world’ (i.e. the world inhabited by the characters – one of economic collapse, survival of the fittest, etc.) intrude on your characters in your opening chapter? Will the opening contain much information about the world* outside or will it be more subtly introduced? Explain your answer.
2) Can you describe the setting well if you have never been to place the story takes place in? What research will you have to do so that you can describe the setting (e.g. village, town or city) with some authenticity?
3) How are you going to make the reader respond to your character(s)? The reader needs to connect with the characters (whether they like or hate them) so how will you achieve this in your writing?
4) What’s your U.S.P. (unique selling point)? What is different, unique, better, about your opening chapter compared to others?
I look forward to reading your comments.
*By this, I don’t necessarily mean ‘the whole world’, simply the world outside the character(s)’ home, e.g. the local village, the town or city, etc.