This is a really excellent post on how to begin short stories. I think it’s good advice to follow for just about any kind of writing.
I generally don’t like this kind of negative approach: lists of what not to do. I prefer to encourage you to do things, not discourage you from doing things, but back to the subject of short stories, I can’t help but point out some very common pitfalls that I’ve seen over and over again for years—decades, actually. So here goes, in no particular order, half a dozen things you should never do in the first page of a short story:
Too Many Ideas in a Sentence
Especially in the first sentence of your story, limit each sentence to one idea.
Example of what not to do:
I woke up that morning wondering when I would stop having visions of the future when all of a sudden a flying saucer landed on my front lawn.
Is this a story about a guy with precognitive abilities, or UFOs, or both? It could…
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