it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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and as i stand before you now i am hopeful in my rage

A thing, brought on by reading slush.

Yes, it's important to start with conflict of some sort to engage the reader. But it's also necessary to ground the reader in the character and get her engaged in the narrative--caring about the stakes and the outcome--to make her want to read on. If we don't know who the protagonist is, or why they are doing what they're doing, or why it's important, we'd rather be having a snack than reading the story.

Readers is fickle. And if you confuse us, we wander off and go find chocolate.  
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