We tend to overburden that first sentence with an extraordinary amount of tasks.
It’s supposed to draw in the reader.
It’s supposed to be original, special and unmistakable.
It’s supposed to represent the genre, type and atmosphere of the story.
And it’s supposed to convey an author’s prowess.
Are you exhausted yet?
It’s not really surprising that many authors find it very difficult to deal with that first sentence.
It’s a shame, however, that all those expectations overburdening that poor first sentence can actually block someone from writing a story at all.
Because that’s simply a question of mindset and a huge misunderstanding. I’ll talk about that in the video.
So you see, that first sentence doesn’t really matter much for the writing of the story itself.
You can simply go ahead and just get that story moving. There’s always editing, too.
And if you still feel blocked by the need to get that all important first sentence right before you write that story, I have some tapping suggestions for you.
Because that need… isn’t truly helpful.
Even though I was taught that the first sentence of a story is of utmost importance and I absolutely must get it right before I can write the story, I’m still totally okay the way I am, and I now give myself permission to craft that sentence when the story is done.
Even though I’ve been so blocked by all those expectations for a perfect first sentence, I’m still totally okay the way I am, and I now choose to know I can write the story first and craft that sentence last.
Even though I’ve been so overwhelmed with those demands of that first sentence, how will I ever create something like that? – I’m still totally okay the way I am, and I now choose to have fun writing the story first, and then come back to tackle that first sentence with the full weight of the completed story behind me.
How do you feel about that first sentence?
Do you pay attention to it when you read?
What happened while you were tapping?
And finally – are you using tapping with your writing?
Please share in a comment.
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