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Talk it over: Start write

Advice on getting from idea to page from Jane Wenham-Jones

I’d like some advice on where to start my book.

I think I have a great idea (don’t we all?) but I’m unsure where to start in the narrative; do I start at the beginning and show what my character’s normal life is like before it changes, or jump to halfway through the book and hit the readers with a mysterious death, then go back to the beginning?

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