“Chimes” is garnering some reviews and mentions around. Randy did a very nice review and I much appreciate that.
The story has also been mentioned favorably at Gary’s Tainted Archive. Thanks!
…And discussed over at Women of Mystery by Clare2E. Much appreciated as well.
Mark has also put up a link to the story. I appreciate that.
I’m reading an article on writing now that talks about how important dialogue is in the opening lines of a story. It lists many positives about using dialogue that way. I have to say I totally disagree, although I suspect many readers would side with the author of that article rather than with me. I almost always hate it when books or stories start with a line of dialogue. In fact, starting with a line of dialogue has probably cost some authors sales where I’m concerned. I just do not want to hear the voice of the character until I have a feel for “where” I’m at or “what” is going on.
As a reader, I don’t mind an opening that involves internal monologue nearly as much, although I prefer to get my feet wet with setting or action first. However, opening with dialogue is, to me, very obtrusive. It feels like I’m being talked at without having any idea who is doing the talking. I’m sure there are exceptions where the dialogue is just perfect as an opening, but I can’t think of one right now. I’ve actually tried starting stories myself with a line of spoken dialogue, but I’ve never been able to finish one. They all just bored me too tears before I could get out of the starting box. I have done stories that started with a character’s internal thoughts.
So, does anyone remember a book or story that started with dialogue and it worked perfectly?