S35E2 – Bad Beginnings Ruin a Story

Start too slow and you bore the reader. Start too quickly and you confuse them. Finding the right balance for the start of your story is essential. Unfortunately, it’s also incredibly difficult.

There are many ways you can start off a story in the wrong way. You can make it cliché, use a flashback, or throw them into action without context. The list goes on and on and on. We talk about some of the common mistakes at the beginnings of novels that turn away the readers in this episode, then break down how to fix and avoid the problem.

First aired September 5, 2022.

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I'm an editor and cover designer for AspenHouse Publishing. I am also a host for AspenHouse's poscast, Writing Roots.

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