If you have the sadly sinking suspicion you might be beginning your story too late, consider the following six signs and solutions.
Picking the character's arc that's perfect for your story requires nothing more than the answers to three questions.
Boring opening lines aren't something an author can afford. And yet they're harder to avoid than you might think.
The effect of the First Plot Point on your character arc can be found in three important decisions your character must make.
Discover six major elements of the positive change character arc that need to be included in the First Act.
The Characteristic Moment is only half of a good character arc's opening. It still needs context. The Normal World provides that context.
First impressions do count. And your protagonist's Characteristic Moment is his first chance to impress your readers.
Stories that begin too early suffer from their own set of problems, including tedium, verbosity, and info dumps.
The first quarter of your story hinges upon two important and irreversible moments: the inciting event and the key event.