One of the banes of many authors is how to begin a story. You’ve got the concept and several scenes worked out, but somehow you have to get the first scene started.
We probably all struggled with this at some time. You paint an opening setting with artfully chosen words and introduce your main character… but the character is just… there! Now you have to come up with a reason why your character is in that place at that time, about to experience whatever torments your sadistic author mind has in store for them.
So now what do you do? One possibility is to jump into quick action. Something happens that leads into the plot of the story. Another way around those first few paragraphs is something I’ve seen done so artistically that I feel there should be a name for the plot device. This is to start with something…
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