The beginning…

Don’t give your backstory upfront. Begin with an explosion – emotional or physical – Explain it later.

It’s very tempting to start by telling the reader about the protagonist/world/dilemma. But the most enticing way to open a book is to plunge straight into a compelling scene – one that reveals all of the above through action rather than prose.

Many beginner writers tell too much at first, thinking they need to explain everything. You don’t. Begin with an explosion. Explain it later. What you leave out is as important as what you put in.

 

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