If I could go back in time, I would write the opening chapter of 'An Extra-Ordinary Beginning' again. It is a good opening but after writing three novels, I think it could be better. The opening of any book is really important. If the reader is hooked then they'll read on. I am sure that the opening line of this blog post has more 'hookability' (a new word!) than 'This week I have...'
'An Extra-Ordinary Beginning' starts with, 'The explosion ripped through the European Space Station with the speed of a bullet. Over one hundred metres of metal, plastic, complicated circuitry and solar panels were silently reduced to a billion new satellites orbiting the earth. Hidden amongst the debris were two platinum pods. They had been shot away from the space station just before the explosion; into the Earth’s atmosphere and onto their programmed locations.'
Thousands of people have downloaded 'An Extra-Ordinary Beginning' and I would like to think this opening paragraph helped to hook them. Next week, I discuss this more. Until then....