May 30, 2003, Newsletter Issue #16: Writing From Conflict

Tip of the Week

Build your story around whatever is eating at your character. Relationship failing? House burned down? Get to the point as quickly as you can--in the first line if possible. The faster you engage your reader in the heart of your story, the more likely they´ll be to finish it. Don`t leave your reader wondering what the story is!

As an exercise, try writing some first lines, in which you introduce the central conflict of your story quickly & concisely. Of course, every story doesn`t have to start this way, but it will get you in the habit of putting things on the table quickly. Use your imagination--even get wacky!


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