Guest post: The End of the Beginning by Alicia Rasley

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Tonight’s guest blog post, on the topic of ending story openings, 🙂 is brought to you by contemporary women’s fiction and Regency romance novelist, blogger and writing guide book author Alicia Rasley.

The End of the Beginning

I’d like to blog about openings to stories—that is, how to effectively start your story.  It’s a subject big enough, I could write a book about it, and probably will! (Here are some posts on my own blog that discuss openings.) So to keep this relatively short, I want to focus on the all-important last paragraph.

The beginning of a story has a lot to do, and it might be most helpful to write your opening, write the rest of your story, then come back and revise the opening so it is more effective in setting up the plot questions and themes. I was helping a friend with a story just…

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