How do you start a story? Both aspects of this question are difficult. Getting round to it can be difficult, but once you have pulled yourself together & settled down ready to start, the other aspect comes to the fore.
How does the story begin? This post has some good guidance aimed at short story writers. Actually, the application is much wider:
- A full length novel gives more scope. That is one of the attractions of the form. It is also allows scope for diversion. You don’t have the discipline of a tight word count reminding you that you have written a lot & said nothing. You can get so bogged down in the back story & the side plots that you don’t realise that your lengthy tome would be better if you started in the right place, stuck to the point, & used all those other ideas in another place.
- Business writers need to start in the right place, grabbing reader’s attention with something useful & thought provoking.
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