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Starting a story

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« on: August 01, 2007, 01:48:28 am »

I like to start at the beginning.

I think half the battle is deciding what is the beginning. It's really hard, even in a totally fictional world, to find a clear cut point that feels like a beginning, to almost any story. En media res is about starting the story halfway through the relevant events, and you'd guess the beginning is where the relevant events start, but you have to decide what events are relevant. If you start halfway through the relevant events and then flashback, then in a way you're making those previous events irrelevant- they just become scene-setting, like the stuff you do in a story that starts at The Beginning.
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