Are First Impressions Important in Writing?

Among the realm of written critique is a form of review called first impressions. Generally, these types of reviews are about short, easy to see observations that a consumer might want to know about in a product. They can be useful for gaining a quick opinion about something you may be interested in buying, or for helping you get a little information about a subject. Now, it’s easy to say that first impressions are important when it comes to selling something, but does that same importance translate over to other categories of prose? Are first impressions really that big of a deal?

It’s not uncommon to hear that the intro to a short story should be intriguing. After all, what else could help keep people hooked with a story then an interesting intro? While this idea is a little overused, it’s definitely effective. Stories that are boring, or take a lot of thought at the start, are more likely to lose the interest of a reader then a story that has some form of hook to it. The problem is that stories can still be very successful without a good intro, so something else must be in play, right?

I would argue that when you first look at a block of text in ANY genre, the first thing you will notice is the formatting. Things like paragraphs and a good font may not take much skill to utilize, but they have a lot of impact on someone’s opinion of a story at a first glance. This could be because good formatting can make the text look more organized, and therefore present the story as being worked on with care. Having a unappealing story can mask good writing, so taking care of your formatting is important.

Written ByWikipedia: Written By is a 2009 Hong Kong fantasy drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Wai Ka-Fai, and starring Lau Ching-Wan and Kelly Lin. Lau plays a lawyer who is killed in an accident, leaving behind his wife, daughter, and son. He is resurrected as a character in his daughter’s novel, where he finds himself a grieving husband who lost his family and his sight during a car accident, living in an alternate reality. The film premiered at the New York Asian Film Festival in June 2009, and was released theatrically in Hong Kong on 10 July 2009.

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