marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

been there, done that

Opening a story -- introducing this element and that -- and trying to remember that he's done that before. He's not new to school, to the beginning of the spring term, to the post he holds. . . .

Can't describe things as if the character has never seen them before.

It's the middle of the school year, even.  He won't be new to his duties. . . hmmm. . . unless he's installed in his post in the middle of the year.  Given that he (and the girl) are only the junior-most of the four sets, that might even make sense.

Some things can be explained to scholars who were never at school this long before the term actually began.

And some I'm just going to inclue more subtly.

It's not for nothing that a lot of stories start with the character arriving.
Tags: beginnings, exposition

  • One Bright Star to Guide Them

    One Bright Star to Guide Them by John C. Wright Once upon a time, four children went to a magical land and did great and wonderful deeds. Then they…

  • The Werewolf of Whitechapel

    The Werewolf of Whitechapel by Suzannah Rowntree A monster mash of royalty in the 19th century. Mostly in England. Features strange deaths, cover…

  • Cloak of Blades

    Cloak of Blades by Jonathan Moeller Cloak Mage book 4 The continuing adventures of Nadia. Opens with a scene where she is working with the…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded