story beginning

On Writing: DNF (Did Not Finish) is Better Than a Disappointing Ending

One of the lessons I’ve learned over the years in blogging is not to write about a subject if someone already wrote it better. It’s like that time I re-told a joke, except I fudged the ending and didn’t do it justice at all. (And for the first time, you hear what polite laughter sounds like.)

So, I’m pulling your attention to a lovely blog post, where Jenny Cruise talked about story beginnings and endings in a linear structured plot.

Story Openings: Should We Start With Showing or Telling?

How do we start a story that’s been consuming us for weeks, maybe even months? Do we begin describing some backstory to give readers immediate context or do we throw readers directly in the middle of an action-packed moment?