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Posted on October 13, 2011

The start of a story has a lot of work to do. It makes the introduction between the reader and the world that the writer is creating. Consider, though, that reader. He or she has a lot of other things to think about, a great many other things that demand attention. You, the author, have to make that reader want to stay with you and that, especially if the reader is unacquainted with you, is very tricky.

You see, you have to provide enough detail about your world to make it real, yet not too much to bore the reader. You have to intrigue your audience, but not make them feel lost. You have to introduce your characters, but in a way that does not confuse them.

Most stories start with a lot of description of place and character; the trick is to make it interesting, to keep the reader believing and wanting more of what you have to give. Make the reader afraid to put the book down.

Easier said than done, though.

Tags: keep the reader wanting more, Starting a story