Start at the Right Moment

Just a bit of second-hand writing advice for you today from Writers Write in South Africa:

While identifying common mistakes that lead to losing readers, Amanda Patterson says this:

Writers start at the wrong moment in the story. Authors need to introduce the protagonist in the opening scenes. I am not interested in the weather or minor characters. I am also not interested in your protagonist’s backstory until something meaningful happens to her. Once it does, and if I really need to know, you can tell me how she ended up there.

This is excellent advice and the rest of the article, “The Three Mistakes Writers Make That Stop Us Reading Their Books,” is filled with even more. Go check it out!


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