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  • 1. Openings•Openings are an important tool in writing. They are what isused to grasp your audiences attention, so that they will notreplace your story with something they feel to be moreadequate.•An opening is much like an introduction when writing aletter, or a thesis statement when writing a thesis paper.•Without a proper opening your story may not be read for all itis worth. If the first twenty to thirty minutes of a movie areboring, many would probably go to sleep.
  • 2. What is an Opening?•An opening is the beginning of your paper, story, speech, etc.•At the beginning is the most important time to grab your audiencesattention. This is usually called a hook. Just like fishing once someonefinally decides to bite on your idea, you must yank that hook into them andkeep them stuck on it. Without a decent hook you will lose your flock offish.•This is why thesis statements are so important, because without capturingthe readers attention, confidence, and interest the paper loses worth.
  • 3. How to make the best of your openings.•As I have said the best openings are like a hook. The best openingsgrab the attention of your reader. To do this one must understandtheir audience, exactly who is going to be reading this?•Attempt to intrigue your target audience without exceeding thelimits of your imagination. After all, you still need a plot and climax.•In order to do this one must not start too far away. One must provideenough context to begin the film rolling in the audiences minds. Thestory cannot start too far back and leave people wondering where it isgoing, nor can it start ahead of itself leaving people to wonder how ithappened.
  • 4. Continued best of openings.•An opening should be exciting, yet informative. Do not blandly tell youraudience what you are going to do, that would be similar to revealing theend of a long awaited film.•You must convince your audience that reading the story will be worth thetime it takes to read it. The opening must open their eyes to a whole newset of thrills.•Without direction or purpose in your opening your reader may becomebored, Keep them interested. You do not need to reveal the story, norshould you, but do provide enough purposeful direction to give theaudience an idea of where they might end up.
  • 5. More best of openings.•All openings must engage the audience, grabbing their attention. Theymust also provide enough context and direction so that the reader doesnot simply read the first paragraph and then do away with the story in itsentirety.•An opening must show focus on its intent to entertain. It must also showauthority declaring that it has the knowledge to broach its topic. Withoutfocus and authority the reader is left like a passenger on this bridge.•Since it is not good to bore the reader, the writer must find ways toclose the gap, and give the story direction and focus.
  • 6. What to do and what not to do. •What you want to do when writing an opening is first of all create a compelling hook. Secondly you want to ground the audience in a viable direction usually with context related toward your protagonist. •An opening is like a double rainbow, which is great to look up and see a full-on double rainbow, but it is only a complete arc within itself that should lead to something more. The double rainbow is cool, but without promise of an adventure to get the gold or the leprechauns at the end. •Some things that you should not do is for one bore your reader from the beginning. Do not reveal the climax or resolution only give hints as to the road taken to get there. •Do not contradict yourself. Establish authority and a focus and follow them. If you lose direction so does the film playing in the mind of your audience.
  • 7. Examples of openings•From our reading this week in “The Things They Carried” the firstsentence is exemplary. Usually when starting a opening oneshould try reading the first two paragraphs of their favorite noveland see what entices them about it.•“The things they carried” starts with a single sentence that notonly grounds us with the protagonist the First Lieutenant, but alsogives us context as to his situation. The first paragraph is anextension of that first sentence, declaring the time, place, and alsothe protagonists attitude to both.•The other story we read this past week “Girl” was far different.Since the entire story was only one long paragraph it doesn’t standto reason to have a long opening. It does not give you muchinformation about the protagonist nor does it give you a very indepth understanding of the setting.
  • 8. Opening ConclusionAs I conclude my presentation of opening, some things to consider.First of all, the initial capturing of the audiences attention is called ahook. Secondly it is important to begin with context as to where yougot to the beginning, authority to start down this road, with thewriter driving of course, and focus that you don’t get lost along theway. Thirdly do not bore your audience, if at any point the audienceloses interest than you lose your audience, so keep reeling in thosefish as you would keep the tape of a film rolling.
  • 9. Works CitedCushman Kyle. Openings: Writing effective introductions. The learningcenter exchange. 16 Feb 2006. 31 Jan. 2012. Web.http://www.learningassistance.com/2006/february/openings.htmlYirinic Jennifer. How to write an engaging introduction. Writing Commons.n.a. Web. 1 Feb. 2012.http://writingcommons.org/process/organize/paper-structure/396-how-to-write-an-engaging-introductionJenkins Stephanie. How to write a good story opening. eHow. n.a. Web. 1Feb. 2012. http://www.ehow.com/how_6356675_write-good-story-opening.htmlBates Joseph. Components of a good opening scene. Writing-world.com.n.a. Web. 1 Feb. 2012. http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/opening.shtml