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« on: July 31, 2007, 08:25:23 pm »

That's a point I never thought of, the destinction between starting a story and starting a story.

For the case when you mean actually writing the story, I like to start at the beginning. This is probably due to inexperience, but it works for me. I reckon it gives you a better idea of what the reader will experience as you go, so you can build things up and make sure the narrative makes sense, as opposed to a fragmented sort of approach. But I guess that's what editing is for.

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My creative writing tutor would have you believe the only way to start a story is en media res- slap the reader in the face with a brutally effective opening line and jump into the thick of it. Such vagaries as setting the scene and explaining what the hell is happening can come later.
I've had the same experience. I think this really holds true mainly for short stories or flash fiction, especially for a competition, for example, but in a full-length novel there's really no need.
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