Sunday feels a little like January 1st to me. It's a day to look forward to a whole week of possibilities, just as on January 1st we look forward to a whole year of possibilities. It's a day to begin again.
So I will be sharing Sunday starters with you today and in the future. Yes, I know. I'm two days late with my Sunday starter, but I have a good excuse. A very sick computer that was in the shop for two days. But it's never too late to begin.
Writers, let's begin at the very beginning. Beginnings are so important. That first word must make you want to read the next. The first sentence must make you yearn for the second.
I'll be sharing activities with you in the Sunday starter, activities I've shared with students throughout the years. My hope is that they'll help each of you on your way to writing your own unique book. These activities were written specifically for picture book writers, but most of them are useful for all writers.
Sunday Starter for 9-2-12:
Take the story you're working on and begin it four different ways.
Start with a different setting or a different character. Or try starting with a funny beginning, then a quiet one. If you've started your story in third person, write it in first person. Choose a different point of view. If a farmer is telling a story about his cow, have the cow tell the story instead.
After you've written your four story beginnings, decide which is your favorite and why? Now decide which would be an editor's favorite. Which would be a child's? Are they all the same?
Have fun beginning and I'll see you back here next Sunday with another Sunday starter.