Different Ways to Start a Scene: Part 2

Most people have a favorite way to start a scene and a chapter. One way usually comes more naturally. But variety is important for the reader and for the writer. Why is it important for you? Because different types of openings have different effects. They resume the story at different points in the stimulus – […]

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Different Ways to Start a Scene: Part 1

Most people have a favorite way to start a scene and a chapter. One way usually comes more naturally. But variety is important for the reader and for the writer. Why is it important for you? Because different types of openings have different effects. They resume the story at different points in the stimulus – […]

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When NOT to Start the Book With Conflict

Who Brings A Knife To A Gun Fight? (Photo credit: Cayusa) Actually, I can think of some downsides to opening a first chapter with conflict. The reader won’t care about the character unless the type of conflict is chosen carefully because the reader won’t know the character enough to really care. To combat this, I’d […]

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