Many writers start their stories before the interesting part. Way before. So instead of beginning with something intriguing, the author walls for a few paragraphs or chapters, which causes the story to slow down. This is a particular damaging mistake when you’re planning to send out material for publication. Anything that causes an editor’s attention to wilt is a bad thing.
Let’s say you’re writing a story about Cinderella. Here you have a vulnerable young woman whose step family mistreats her. She longs for love, escape of a good time, depending on how you want to write the story. What should your opening paragraph say? Where are you going to begin?
You might decide to start with a bang and have the fairly godmother arrive in the opening paragraph. “Who is that beautiful creature” Cinderella cried out. She stared in awe at the vision in front of her. This sort…
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