After the prologue, there are links to a PDF version of Chapters 1-4 as well as a link to a Word document that readers can complete and return to me if they wish to send me feedback. Or feel free to comment directly on the blog. Thanks for reading!
Where to begin?
Many writers like to start their stories with a bang, jumping right into the middle of some hot mess, trying to hook the reader with a shocking dose of tense, dizzying commotion. Others take the slow, methodical approach, carefully setting the scene, and then zooming in slowly like a camera until the main character is front and center.
But, really, a story can start any old way. I suspect that deciding just where to begin a story is a problem that drives writers crazy. Or maybe it’s just me. I wish I knew for sure. I don’t know too many writers.
Take this story, for example. This one begins on a sunny morning in the city of
a suburb of San Diego, which is a large metropolis
in the state of California,
in the country of The United States, in the Year of Our Lord 2009. It begins
with a fourteen-year-old (almost fifteen) boy by the name of Les Mendoza, as he
plays basketball with a couple of friends on Monday, June 10th, the
first real day of summer break (because everyone knows that weekends don’t
But is that the best place for the story to start?