How NOT to Start Your Book

Annette Lyon
Oct 11 · 5 min read
Photo by Clemens van Lay on Unsplash

One could argue that I might not be the best person to discuss the delicate art of beginnings, because I always struggle with where and how to launch my books. Inevitably, I end up writing several beginnings before I land on one I like and that I feel works.

There was a time when I’d bring a new manuscript to my writing group with “Chapter ###” at the top because though I hoped it would be the first chapter, I…