Where the book begins

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Writers often struggle with where to begin their novel.
Here's a tip: start where things begin to change. Establish why the story really takes off at this point in the character's life, and give your reader a reason to be invested from the first scene.
It does not have to be an action scene, and it does not have to be funny. Ask yourself: why do I care what happens in this story? What's special about it? Now see how you can bring that out in your opening pages.
Avoid introducing too many elements at once (often referred to as info-dumping). Draw your reader in first with the most important things to know—they can learn the rest later.

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