Over on his blog, Mercury Retrograde editor and author Zach Steele shares some thoughts on nailing the opening to your story…and the pain that is sometimes involved. Take a look.
Among all the salient points he manages to sneak in among the entertaining narrative, the thing I’m walking around thinking about today is something more alluded to than discussed: the fact that it’s almost impossible to nail the opening the first time around. The opening of any story is one of the two hardest parts (the other being the ending, of course). And it’s nearly impossible to write an appropriate opening until you know exactly what the story is.
And, as any writer knows, you don’t know what the story really is until you’ve written it. Sometimes not even then.