What makes someone a bad writer

Please don't: The 5 most embarrassing beginnings of novels by amateur authors

Can you tell a bad novel from the very first sentence? Our experience shows: unfortunately, yes. There are the beginnings of novels that are unlikely to be good because they are kitschy, boring and worn out - because they are extremely popular with hobby authors.

We have compiled a list of the most embarrassing beginnings of a novel that it is better to avoid as a writer.

5th place: The justification

Before you start, write first Why You write. Is this your first novel? What was your inspiration for the story? What is the autobiographical background? Is it all based on personal experience? Who do you have to thank for the inspiration? How do you want to bore the reader on the following pages? Which mistakes (spelling, commas, ...) should he generously forgive you now?

If you do not manage to get an exciting introduction, justify yourself in front of the reader in a foreword.

4th place: The outrage

Verbatim speech is always better than a lengthy description. You have certainly learned that in the last writing course. So go straight to the limit:

  • "I can't believe it!" Cries Rita breathlessly as she puts down her shopping bags.
  • "I'll show you!" Yelled the fat man in the undershirt from the window.

Use verbs that are onomatopoeic, if possible, and avoid the boring "saying". With this you have secured the reader's attention for the time being.

Now is the chance to explain to the reader on the next three pages exactly what was terrible or outrageous that happened there. Describe it as precisely as possible and without gaps, because the reader is ultimately curious. Describe moods and feelings in great detail to help guide and guide the reader.

3rd place: the window

The reasons why a window is mentioned more than average in the first two sentences of bad novels are obscure. But it's a fact. People look "lost in thought out of the window" and in almost all cases "look out". There the protagonists mostly see nocturnal street lights, rain, fog, gray houses or the infinity of a pitch-black night sky with the moon covered by dark clouds.

If you want to look again at place 4: We have already secretly installed a window there.

2nd place: The flashback

The flashback is closely related to the outrage. Only more boring. Start with a banal sentence like: "Hans was sitting on the side of the road." Then avoid anything that advances the story, but look back. Answer burning questions to the reader like: Why is Hans sitting there? How did he get there? And what was Hans doing at this time a year ago? This is the only way to add depth to your character and make the reader feel well informed before the plot moves on to page 10. Or even better: First write in detail how Hans feels and what he is thinking about. The action can also wait until page 20.

1st place: the awakening

Start a novel with your main character awakening. The beginning of the novel is the same as the beginning of the day: That sounds like a logical coincidence.

And as an author, you can wake up in very different ways. From a "Suddenly he was bathed in sweat" to a "When she woke up, at first she didn't know where she was".

Let the reader wake up together with the protagonist, then let them both look in the mirror together or remember the evening before. Because then you have - oh how wonderful - the possibility of a flashback! Make sure you let your protagonist look out of the window beforehand.