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Offline Felines are superior

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Can you start a story with desription?
« on: September 09, 2018, 11:21:48 AM »
Is it a good idea to start a ya story with description for two third of a page of a fictional town that's dangerous, the police useless, and teachers respond to kids complaints about bullying and violence by telling them to hit back.

Offline Mark T

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Re: Can you start a story with desription?
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2018, 02:13:34 PM »
You can always go back and fill in the beginning at the end. The opening is the most important - it has to grab the attention of the reader, the editor or the agent.
If it is your first book, by the time you get to the end, you are a better writer. So it makes sense (in a strange way) to do the most important part at your best.

I do like the teachers' attitude.

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Re: Can you start a story with desription?
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2018, 04:39:05 AM »
That was the teachers' attitude when I grew up

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Re: Can you start a story with desription?
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2018, 01:20:45 PM »

Makes for strong bones.

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Re: Can you start a story with desription?
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2018, 01:43:48 AM »
The opening should be interesting enough to grab the attention of the reader and to hold it. The description of the town and its way of life may be integral to the story, but you should ensure that it doesn't look like an info dump. Instead of simply describing it upfront, try and see if you can make the reader see it through the eyes of the characters. A good description can make the setting come alive, but too much of it can make the reader lose the thread of the story. After all, we are story tellers first, and the description should add to the story, not make the reader feel that it's holding up the plot. It's a fine balance, but if you can achieve that, your story will be so much better. All the best to you. 

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Re: Can you start a story with desription?
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2018, 03:59:14 PM »

Good advice. Thanks geethr75.