I find that I have a real hard time with the beginnings of my stories. When I’m writing a first draft I don’t easily jump with both feet right into the action. I’m more of a lets set up the scene and ease our way into the story kind of gal. I know that this is frowned upon by most, so I’m trying my best to change that from the time I start writing the story. I find it very difficult to go back to a story that I’ve already started writing and completely change the beginning. Cutting out info and trying to find a place for it later in the story is a huge challenge.

I’m facing this challenge with three different manuscripts. You’d think I’d learn by now. Sometimes I wonder if this is why I do prologues, so I can jump into action right away, then go back to setting the story up.

It’s going to be a cold day. I believe I’m going to have to make some chili. Thanks Denise!


2 thoughts on “Beginnings

  1. If you do it right, you don't NEED to set the story up. I'm the kind of reader where, if I'm not grabbed right away, I close the book and get rid of it. Period. I don't have time to read books that don't interest me, and I don't have time to give them too much time to grab my attention.You know the backstory in your head, filter it in. You're a skilled enough author to do that.

  2. Hi Ceri -Even though my fiction work has not been published yet, I agree with you in part. I like to set up the scene and characters so I get to know them better. Once my characters have a voice, I feel some of it can be moved around, but it is difficult. 🙂 M

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