I introduce the main character when he (a nine- year old boy) is getting a scolding from his father for being a wimp. His father wants him to fight back the bullies in his school. The father is urging his son to punch a few bullies.
I have toyed with several ideas to introduce my main character. Every idea in my opinion sucks. Whatever our main character does has to tie up to the story or it has to have consequences later in the story. We usually introduce the main characters in the first chapter, often in the first paragraph. I am trying to think of different and unique ways to introduce my main character.
Plenty of ideas have entered and exited my mind. Should I introduce my main character while he/she is doing something unusual that immediately piques a reader’s interest. This unusual activity has to have repercussions in the story. Else it makes no sense. It will be just an exercise in futility.
I read somewhere that we can have our main characters engaged in a unique hobby ( perhaps looking after sick birds) or going through their collection of animal bones or lizard tails or moth wings or even cleaning their stolen item collection. I am sure that these activities will turn the readers off rather than intrigue them into reading more and wanting to get to know the main character better.
If I was the reader I would wonder why the MC is collecting lizard tails or moth wings. Or why has the main character resorted to stealing. I would brand him a sadist and a kleptomaniac and hate him for his traits.
Does anyone have any tips on an innovative way to introduce the main character. Which openings do you think attract readers and which introductory scenes put them off. Please share your views with us.