Q&A: should i start my zombie-based novella with an exciting start or a methodical scientific looking one?

Question by MrDucky [Atheist] LOL: should i start my zombie-based novella with an exciting start or a methodical scientific looking one?
its either a chapter on an exciting fight to the death for an expendable character or a chapter on how the zombie virus (based on an augmented rabies virus) in the style of Crichton…

i plan on writing it in a lazy fashion, starting each of my chapters off with a general location and time of day with date.
this allows me to rearrange things chronologically based on what i want.
it also allows some intrigue as the overall picture can be pieced together on a global scale.

Best answer:

Answer by wilson
I would think that a somewhat brief chapter with an exciting start, followed by a chapter on how the virus mutated, would be the best bet. Grab the attention, enlighten as to the cause, move on? Then again, it may be better to let the reader wonder if there is an explanation for a while. In any case, beginning with something non-scientific sounds like it would appeal more to those of us who appreciate zombies.
I can’t think of any type of opening scenes to a zombie movie that were better than the kind that caused me a “Holy sh*t” reaction.

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One Response to Q&A: should i start my zombie-based novella with an exciting start or a methodical scientific looking one?

  1. A. Thorne says:

    A story should start with one or more of the following elements.
    1-Compelling action or dialogue (or both) that makes a statement that then raises questions in the reader’s mind that may not be answered for several chapters.
    2-Set a ticking clock in motion, a short term goal the POV character(s) has to complete or DIRE consequences will occur.
    3-Clearly state the POV character’s story goal so we can root for them to succeed.

    You have less than twenty seconds to hook a reader so an information dump should never start a fictional book (or any other book besides a text book), begin with one or more of the elements above, then work in back story little by little as you keep the story moving forward. Once the reader is more into the story they will allow you to have longer periods of exposition.

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