Written by Charles Opara
Write where your strength lies.
weather, there is nothing lame or amateur about it if you do it well. Taking note of the weather might be in line with the character or the situation in your opening. If your story starts in bad weather or is about a weatherman, who would fault you (or call you amateur) for mentioning the weather? If it’s about an old person, then, it’s also perfectly normal to have him or her think of or make reference to the weather. I don’t know whether there is anything like an amateur beginning. Maybe you mean clichéd beginning (amateur ways have more to do with sentence structure or writing techniques, and not your ideas.
Regardless, your story and the best way to tell it, as well as your strength as a writer, should supersede all other considerations on how your story should open.
For me, whenever I am starting a novel by imagining a remote vista, an uncommon place. I often need to take a time-out or concentrate hard, sometimes I keep trying for days. I’ve found that a little research helps me to fill up the blank pages I sometimes leave with the hope of coming back to.
Charles Opara writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. He lives and works in Port Harcourt