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A New Quote

I have not added a new post in a long time. It's too much like work. But here's a great quote from a new (to me) author:

"I have trouble with beginnings. For one thing, I don't find stories all that interesting when you start at the beginning. If you ask me, you only know there is a story when you get to the middle. And besides, beginnings are hard to determine. One could argue that the true beginning to all stories is the beginning of time. But Morty is already eighty-two years old, so given our time constraints, I'll begin this story on the date I met, or, more specifically, first laid eyes on 'John Brown.'"

--Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz

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best essay uk on Saturday, June 29, 2019 9:58 PM
From the perspective of a reader, stories and novels should hook the reader from the first paragraph, even the first sentence, of the first chapter. If the first page drags and I can't figure out what is happening and what to expect, I either move to the more exciting pages or drop the book for reading another time. But from the viewpoint of an author, the first part of the novel is the introduction, a set up for what is going to happen in the succeeding pages and chapters. The story really happens in the middle and last parts of the novel. I am a fan of authors who can tell a story without length and wordy descriptions. Just enough description to play in my mind what is happening from what I am reading.
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