in the big inning

Appropriately enough, I'm thinking about beginnings this morning. What I've got to introduce myself I've put in the About me page, so let's talk about story beginnings instead.

I like to start where everything changes. Sometimes it's a big change, like a death; sometimes it's a small change, like a promise, but it's still a change. Whether this change happens in the first sentence or later depends on the length of the story: in a novel that change had better at least be hinted at within the first ten pages or the reader will get bored.

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