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Strong Beginnings

Seven Tips for Strong Beginnings

In light of our collaboration with Toronto's festival of the mind Luminato, we reached out to featured Canadian writers to find out how they begin their work. 

We also asked them what advice they had on how to start your writing off on the right foot. Here's what they had to say:

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"No summary. No abstract rants. No exposition. No flashbacks. If your story begins with a flashback, you've started it in the wrong place."

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"Convoluted wording is deathly; a reader needs to enter seamlessly."

"If the beginning is noticeably stronger than the middle or the end, then you need to work on the middle or end."

"Cultivate the state of knowing your direction while surrendering your attachment to the route."

"I need to hook myself, so that I’m compelled to keep writing. And then hopefully that translates over to the reader being compelled to keep reading." 

"There’s a Kurt Vonnegut quote that I've always found it enormously helpful: 'Start as close to the end as possible.'"

"Bait the hook, and make sure it’s a barbed one. Readers are very slippery things." 


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