Kelly Maher


Openings

I just realized a: what day it is, and b: what time it is. My goal to keep the content fresh here is blogging Tuesdays and Thursdays and at least one day on the weekend. I try to write the Tuesday and Thursday posts Monday and Wednesday nights and set the post on a time delay. Obviously, Tuesday is almost over in the Eastern Time Zone which I live in.

Yesterday got sucked up by rewriting the opening, once again, of my current WIP. This is a story I believe in. I know it will one day find a publisher. It may be one I sit on and tinker with for a few years. Currently, I’m doing a full-on rewrite of it. I’m about halfway through, and am determined to push through and get it done. So, why go back and rewrite the opening? A writing contest came up. It was a chance to support a group I’m a part of and a chance to get feedback on a story that’s a little different from what I’ve done in the past.

The other reason? A few weeks ago I had an epiphany. I was listening to the Writing Excuses podcast on “Beginnings Revisited”. I knew exactly how I needed to rewrite the opening. Openings are something I struggle with, but this particular episode clarified for me exactly what my challenges were with this particular story. Listening to the podcast is truly like listening to a master class in writing.

What stories are some of your favorite examples for great openings?

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