10 Ways to Start your Story Better (via @WritersDigest)

This week seems to be turning into a bit of a writing-tip-a-day festival. Continuing this impromptu thread is this Writers Digest article from a few weeks ago.

Think of every opening line you write as a pebble tossed down a mountainside: The stone may jolt back and forth within a limited path, building up force, but the trajectory of its initial release largely determines its subsequent route.

It's a thorough article, and although I generally am averse to 'x ways to y' style articles, sometimes you have to look past your prejudices.

Sometimes a story evolves so significantly during the writing process that an opening line, no matter how brilliant, no longer applies to the story that follows.

Read the rest here: http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/by-writing-goal/write-first-chapter-get-started/10-ways-to-start-your-story-better