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25 Ways to Start a Story
5 Ways to Start a Story: Choosing a Bold Beginning | Now Novel
Your story's opener is your one opportunity to capture an editor's or agent's attention. Learn how to avoid the critical mistakes such as providing too much backstory that lead to rejection and write a great beginning for your story. Never, ever, ever begin a narrative with action and then reveal the character's merely dreaming it all. Not unless you'd like your manuscript hurled across the room, accompanied by a series of curses. Followed by the insertion of a form rejection letter into your SASE and delivered by the minions of our illustrious postal service.
How to Start a Story that will Captivate Your Readers
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That comes later, once the narrative arc has taken clearer form. Gareth Watkins : Start with the unexpected. In other words: think of how people will be expecting the book to start, then take the plot in another direction. Harrison Demchick : Many editors will tell you to avoid exposition — the dreaded infodump — at the start of your manuscript. One of the best ways to avoid this is to begin on an image.