Friday Question – Introduction

I’m writing a story.  A novel. A book. A thing that won’t go away. A story that must be told.

I have a question of you.

What would you think of a book that begins?

Perhaps there is no story more difficult to tell than the one that changes all.  Such a story gains its own life and becomes more than it was.  Each person who is touched by the story adds their own part to the narrative, forever changing it and sending to places it has never been.

            How to tell such a story?

            You can’t, because once you tell it, you change – you become part of the narrative as the story bends slowly to you.  The story is transient, ephemeral, ever decaying and ever growing.

            The author of this tale is both you and I.  It is told the way my children will learn about my life – in fragments, images, and with the ever evolving re-understanding of my past.  It is a story reflected in a shattered crystal, multifaceted, fragmented, and yet a reminder that perfection once existed.

Would you turn to chapter one?

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I work in the high tech world doing software release engineering Then I got prostate cancer Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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47 Responses to Friday Question – Introduction

  1. I REALLY like the 4th paragraph. That was the hook for me. Now this is coming from someone who has never written a thing beside my blog, but I think that should be first. It startles you and then you find yourself nodding in agreement. And wanting to know more. Hey – you asked…

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  2. George says:

    Absolutely. I can usually decide in the first few lines whether I will like a book or the writing style of the author
    For me, I would stop after to ask the question of how to tell such a story. The hook before the first chapter, or second. But that’s just me.

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  3. Yes! Your writing style is lovely – the mystery and the story-telling rhythm draws me in immediately.

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  4. Yes, I would. You have told us that the story will change the reader and so I am curious as to what the story is. Good luck! 🙂

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  5. Yes, of course, although this line threw me a bit: The author of this tale is both you and I.

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  6. Annika Perry says:

    Andrew, a resounding YES! 😀 I’m hooked … how much have you written of the book? Do you know where it is going? Very exciting.

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  7. Yes.
    Write on Andrew, Write on.

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  8. G. J. Jolly says:

    Yes, I would read on. It makes it especially personal.

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  9. dorannrule says:

    Yes. And will you begin Chapter 1?

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  10. Beautiful writing. I always read the book jacket first, then the 1st paragraph of the 1st chapter, so… if I am interested enough by your book jacket to open the book, your intro would definitely compel me to read more. Have a great day.

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  11. Well done, Andrew. Don’t stop now.

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  12. ShariLynn says:

    I am intrigued!

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  13. Yes, though you’ve now set the expectation that chapter one will immediately take hold of me and not let go. When that happens, I’m hooked. Nicely done.

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  14. Very unique. No one will stop reading because they fear it’s something they’ve already read ten times. How it fits–not sure of the genre. If it’s like your poetry–maybe literary fiction–you’re spot on!

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    • I wrote this for a post-apocalyptic novel I’m working on, but it might get moved to a poetry book I am working on. I was aiming for a literary style for the novel, but we’ll see where it ends up.


  15. Yes. You start with a strong hook. To be honest, this entire excerpt is strong.

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  16. Teressa says:

    Yes. Absolutely.

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  18. Deb Farris says:

    Yes, yes, yes! Beautiful! Why even the introduction pulses with life!

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