One Old Rule to Start a Story

A Writer's Path


When I was about sixteen or seventeen and getting back into writing prose fiction for either the second or third time in my life, I had a rule for how to begin my stories. It was basically something like: “Write the first draft and then delete the first paragraph”.

Until I got better at writing, this rule worked really well because I’d often start my stories in a fairly boring way, and it’d make sure that they started “in media res”.

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