Starting Stories at the Start

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Did you know that a story can start at any point?  I’m sure most people did, but they aren’t always easy to pull off.  I’ve never had the urge to start a story from the middle or the end, but I’ve seen it done.  Sometimes it’s amazing.  Other times, it’s incredibly clunky because the pacing was off.  That’s how it goes.  Let’s take a look at the 3 ways of doing this.

I’m starting with the traditional one where you start at the beginning.  This can take various forms, but they all work the same way.  Events go in chronological order with no backtracking unless you’re showing synchronous events.  That’s not really time jumping, but showing two scenes that are happening at the same time.  The beginning of the story is still the beginning.  So, how can this be done?

  1. One way is to jump right into…

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