on The Write Practice:
Perhaps you’ve heard the old publishing proverb: The first page sells the book; the last page sells the next book.
I’m convinced there’s a mammoth grain of truth in that.
The beginning and the end of any story are critical elements that you really want to nail.
Today, we’re going to focus on how to start a story—in other words, how you can craft a spectacular beginning that will hold readers spellbound and get them to turn that first all-important page.