Tag Archives: things to try

Filling in the Gaps

Problem: What about all the stuff I need to explain at the beginning, for my story to make sense. I can’t just leave it out, can I? A common problem for writers is believing that they need to provide certain … Continue reading

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Count the Ways

Problem: My beginnings all look the same. Are there other ways to begin? There appear to be a bewildering amount of ways to begin a story but actually there are only five main ways of giving the reader information about … Continue reading

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Doors to Worlds

‘First sentences are doors to worlds” (Ursula Le Guin) Problem: Is there a best or most useful way to start? I’m not really sure what makes a good beginning. In a previous post (Mighty Things), we looked at some of … Continue reading

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Hook and Line

Problem: How do I grab a reader’s attention right away? Do I need to use something dramatic or shocking? In the last post we looked at the importance of keeping your readers in mind when you write the beginning of … Continue reading

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Dear Reader…

In the last post we looked at what sorts of things you might include at the beginning of your story to get it off to a good start and I suggested some decisions you might make. Before we go on … Continue reading

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Hurrah for Small Beginnings!

“Mighty Things from Small Beginnings” (Dryden) In our previous posts we looked at the ways we might prepare for this moment. We considered how we might keep a journal, get ideas, grow ideas, avoid writers block and getting stuck with … Continue reading

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In A Fankle?

Fankle is a word we use here in the west of Scotland to mean a tangle, muddle, or state of confusion. It’s easy to get into a fankle with your fiction, so I’m here to make some suggestions that might … Continue reading

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