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Opening with a Whopper #1

“I’ll see you tomorrow, Harvey,” she said to me.

She never did.

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How to get going

  • A good story beginning needs to introduce character, conflict, story world and set a tone, let these opening lines help you develop such a start
  • Why did she never see Harvey?
  • Who was this woman to Harvey?

Share your work

  • For a challenge, reply your response in the comment box in 250 words
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From the Experts: Writers Tips #3

Prologues are often just a section of backstory or setup relabelled as prologue. It ain’t foolin’ nobody, chum. Sorry. It’s just the same wine in a slightly different bottle. If it looks like backstory or setup, walks like backstory or setup, quacks like backstory or setup—then it’s Donald-the-Backstory/Setup-Duck. Setting it apart and calling it something else isn’t going to work. Here’s some advice on prologues: Mostly: Don’t do ’em.

There are, of course, exceptions. One popular exception is a prologue in a book in an established series. A prologue is sometimes used in such a book simply to bring the fans of the series up to speed for the current

There are other legitimate reasons to employ a prologue. But don’t use one if you’re just trying to sneak in backstory.

Hooked, Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One by Les Edgerton

Lights, Camera, Action: Beginning a Scene

Every part of a scene counts, but the beginning is where it all starts. How do you get your character interested? How do you set the stage? How do you write an epic start?

The first rule is that every scene has to contribute to the plot and idea of the story in some way – but in a way that gives your reader an experience. So the first question you have to ask yourself is, what is the most important piece of information that needs to be revealed in the scene? Then have a look below to see which way suits best.

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