Effective Lead; Speak; Memoir Rough Drafts

8 Oct

Skill Effective Lead

Effective Lead: An author’s attempt to grasp the reader’s attention in the beginning of a work.

First impressions are huge.  Think about how fast you flip through TV channels.  How much time does each program get before you switch stations?  In a world of ever shrinking attention spans, you need to grasp your readers’ attention as soon as possible.

  • Try being vague, create mystery by not immediately letting the reader know exactly what you are writing about…
  • Try using vague words like “it” before explaining what “it” is.
  • Start with dialogue.
  • Start somewhere besides the beginning.
  • Say something shocking.  Sensory Imagery blast.
  • Start in the middle of the action.
  • Make the reader question the narrator’s credibility.

Check out this page of 100 best first lines of novels.

And this one: 1stLinesof Movies

The Opening of Speak

Today you will receive a copy of the first novel we will read together, Speak.

We will read the first page and evaluate it as if it were a memoir. Notice her use of many of the skills we have discuss (sensory imagery, showing not telling, using specific details, paragraphing, and effective lead)

Memoir Rough Drafts

Next we will begin writing our rough drafts of our memoirs in our notebooks.

Using your outlines, start crafting your paragraphs. Try to incorporate some of our skills and techniques, but focus mostly on getting your ideas down. Don’t worry so much about making it perfect. Just get as much of your story down as you can.

Aim for about 2 handwritten pages in your notebook.

Post a picture of your outline and rough draft on Google Classroom.

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