The beginning of every book determines if the reader will continue reading the book. Many readers love to read the blurb to know the gist of the book and then flip through the first page at least to see if they would like the writing style and if the book is worth their time and money. It is essential to start a book the right way to ensure readership and continued support toward the author’s works. Travel books have a great niche. However, most people who pick up the travel book look for that unique element that is not available anywhere else before they can buy the book. The bigger the book and the more unique the content is, the chances are that the readers will pick the book to take on their journey.
Starting With A Bang
- The element of surprise and suspense is a great way to start a book, and the same goes for travel books. If you can begin the book by talking about the stressful situation that you have encountered on your travels, then you have just won the audience’s interest. You can describe something about a scary situation where you slipped on ice, or even talking about being stranded in a frightening situation. Wind up the part with talking about how it made you feel and what the reader can expect in such a case – the positive and the negative side. Transporting the reader to the location where you were is a great way to keep them booked. They want to know how you overcame such a situation and wish to experience more of your journey.
- Another great way is to disarm the reader by your experience. Paint the picture of hopelessness and wondering how you would overcome it. The reader is transported with you to the scene where they wonder what you would do too because of the situation you seem to be stuck in. The more important part here would also be how you get out of the situation. So don’t make it bland but, show them that the experience is something that they would never experience usually.
- Describing the situation you were in is an excellent way to help the reader stay with you. Get descriptive in the area you were in and what feelings were going through you. If you were witnessing a gruelling scene or you were in the middle of an animal encounter, then you have to explain the whole scenario in detail, so they are with you. Talk about how physically and mentally unprepared you were and how the unique adventure/experience is something you or the reader would ever encounter anywhere else.
- Characters in your book will play an essential part in your storyline. The beginning of the book is also a vital place to describe the characters that the reader will travel the adventure with. Choose characters who would stick to the book until the end when choosing your opening. The characters you choose can either be a helping hand, you or even your pet that travelled with you.