Tuesday, January 19, 2010

In the beginning...

There are many ways to tell a tale, including multiple possibilities for beginnings. It's critical that the first words appearing on the page grab the reader's interest.

Today's question is: How do you start? If you were to write story, where would you begin? What would those very first words be? What would be the first thing you would tell the reader about the story and the situation. Would you start at the moment something occurs that changes the balance, or would you opt to begin before that event in order to explain the reason behind the change?

So many questions. And yet, authors do it every day. They type those words that start the story in motion and catch our interest. How do they do that? How do they pick just the right starting point and the perfect sentence composed of the perfect words?

This is something we will explore in the following posts. Meanwhile, if you have any thoughts on the subject, leave a comment below. There are no wrong answers.

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