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Leads for a fictional narrative

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Nicole Spaeth

on 20 September 2016

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Transcript of Leads for a fictional narrative

Top 4 Leads for Memoir
Lead #1: Dialogue
Use a powerful conversation to open your story.

"Can we leave yet? It's getting late..."
"I've almost got it! I just have to..."
"Have to what? Someone's going to see us!"
"There it is. Are you ready?"
The door creaked open with a whine as though it had been awoken from a deep slumber.
"I guess it's now or never." I took a deep breath and followed my brother into the abandoned warehouse. There was no looking back now.
Lead #2: Action/Drama
Begin your story with an action scene or suspense.

The sound of sirens echoed in the familiar neighborhood. I could feel the sweat pour down my forehead as I nervously looked for a way out of my latest disaster. I hopped the chain link fence and took off into the empty darkness. Further. And further. And further. Until the sirens were overpowered by my own gasps for air. "No one can know about this," I whispered to myself as I collapsed onto the cool, damp grass.
"About what?"
Perhaps the darkness wasn't as empty as I had thought.
Lead #3: Imagery (description)
Begin your story by setting the scene. If your reader closed his eyes, he should be able to imagine exactly where the story takes place.

For example:
The streets were empty, except for the untouched snow draped like a blanket over the city. The wind gently rustled the trees to break the lonely silence of a midnight stroll. I couldn't sleep, and the dim glow of the streetlights were perfect company.
Lead #4: Reflection/Interior Dialogue
Begin your story inside your own head. What are you thinking about? How can you give your reader background information about your feelings going into this story? Display your voice!

I always wanted to be the kind of person that had a
. You know, a
that distinguishes you from every other ordinary teenager in basic suburbia. And it can't be sports. Let's be honest: everyone and their mom is an athlete around here. Your
has to be original. Unheard of. Take my friend, Lauren: her thing is nails. Everyday a new color, a new pattern. They're practically artistic masterpieces. How she has time for this is beyond me. I guess you have to make sacrifices if you want a
but I wasn't expecting my sacrifice to change my life.

Leads = grab your reader!
1. Dialogue

2. Action/Drama

3. Imagery (description)

4. Reflection/Interior Dialogue
LEAD = The first few sentences of a writing piece. In memoir writing, the lead should be written with the purpose of ENGAGING the reader. It could also be known as the "hook." The first lines should hook the reader like a fish. Once they're hooked, they can be reeled in.
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