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In the same way that editors don't want to see an ending they've seen before, equally, there are some story beginnings that have been done to death. Here are ten you shouldn't use.
was a dark and stormy night."
hadn't seen her in the bar before. She was pale, but
man with the piercing eyes and pointed beard asked 'What
you would give to have your heart's desire?"
thought he was supposed to be in Vegas, so I was
surprised to see ........."
woke up in the dark, and all I could feel above me was
velvet, and beneath that, wood."
gave me a really good going over, and I vowed there and
then to have my revenge."
always felt strange around the time of the full
got a strange feeling when I saw the sarcophagus arrive
in the storeroom."
red-haired FBI agent turned to her partner and
would you do if I gave you three wishes?"
There's only so many good ideas floating around. Remember, if you've seen something like it before, then the editor will have too. Try to make sure your idea is an original one.That way you might get an editor to read past page one.
Then you've only got the middle and the ending to worry about, but that's two completely different articles.
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William Meikle is a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with seven novels published in the States and three more coming in 2007/8, all in the independent fantasy and horror press. His short work and articles have appeared in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Greece, Saudi Arabia and India. He also has three shorts produced from his scripts, and several supernatural scripts currently on option, including four shorts, and a supernatural thriller feature.
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