Novice writers often make this mistake. Don’t you make it.
Hello hello hello, my brother and sister bloggers, creative writers and Flash Fiction Fanatics. When I was teaching at the University of Pittsburgh as a grad student I was thankful that none of my writing students turned in a short story that began with the protagonist waking up in bed and thinking about life.
And don’t you do it either. Doing it is the equivalent of having dead air on the radio. It’s the equivalent of starting a one hundred-yard dash standing straight up instead of being done in the starting blocks. It’s the equivalent of waiting for a bus with a group of other people and then when the bus arrives you get on the bus and only then start searching for your bus fare instead of getting on the bus with your money in your hand.
Don’t do it.
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