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Posted on September 16, 2011

OK, so back to plotting. You now have a hero and, for the story to work, that hero has to be in empathy with the reader, and to undergo some sort of journey. In other words, he (or, of course, she) goes from A to B. Where, though, is A?

Perhaps it is more advisable to phrase the question as ‘where, though is A’?

‘A’ can be anything – a place, an idea, a person, an animal, a scent… In A la Recherche du Temps Perdu, Marcel Proust famously begins the whole 7-volume cycle with a single smell…

The point is that is a place for you, the author, to start writing; that is far more important than it being a place for the reader to start reading.

Getting started is the hardest thing a writer has to do

Tags: getting the story started