- Try not to start the story too early
- An opening line should have a distinctive voice, a point of view, a rudimentary plot and some hint of characterization
- Do not go ahead of your readers
- Be a little mysterious at the start
- Try several ideas when you are stuck
- Would it be alright if I start the beginning with a quote or dialogue?
- What would be a bad example of an introduction?
- How do you know you are finished with the beginning