These excerpts come from Write Start, a new Biographile series that shares tips, advice, and poignant personal stories from popular fiction and non-fiction authors.
(Biographile is Penguin Random House’s site dedicated to biography, memoir, and truth in fiction.) 1.
Take some time to explore each of these sources of creativity.
Also, don’t be afraid to start with a line of existing poetry or other writing and use this as your jumping off point.
It’s better to start with a small mystery and build up to a bigger one.
The truth about a situation is always big enough to sustain someone’s attention.
From Opening a Story the Right Way by Charles Baxter 3.
Incentivize the Reader I’m not much of a first sentence type of guy, but I am a first paragraph or two sort of guy, and I think those paragraphs are crucial.
Start in the Middle If you don’t know where to start, don’t bother deciding right now.
The first line of a book is critical—but there’s no rule that says you have to start there.