February 9, 2007, Newsletter Issue #97: Starting with conflict

Tip of the Week

Begin with 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. Boring, over-intellectualized beginnings that leave the reader asking "What´s the story here?" are simply doomed.

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