Magical Words: Starting Point

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One of the benefits of writing a series of flash stories, like I’ve started to do recently, is the ability to explore different starting points of the story. Where should the story begin? My initial flash? Ten months earlier for the characters or maybe the next day, after they survived my first idea.

I’ve previously talked about this related to my Marriage Session Flash:

9/16/2018 – Marriage Session 1
9/23/2018 – Marriage Session 9 (Short Version)
9/30/2018 – Marriage Session 9 (Long Version)

Finding the right starting point can be a challenge.

C.E. Murphy, a long-time author, discussed her trials with “Starting too early” in Magical Words (8/6/2009):