Michaeline: The Beginning is the Ending of Something

A small lizard curled into a circle against a clear sky, held by a human.

Ouroborus cataphractus, by Handré Basson, via Wikimedia Commons.

We talk about starting a story with an inciting incident, and it should be an exciting time. Something changes; something is new. As someone says (many attribute it to John Gardner), there are basically two story beginnings in the world: someone takes a trip, or someone new comes to town.

It’s an opening up of possibilities. It’s also a slamming of doors. Options are cut out of the picture by whatever happens in the beginning. One of my favorite examples of this Continue reading