How does a novelist determine exactly where to begin the novel? Many new authors are apt to start a story too early rather than too late.
To determine where to start, determine when your first dramatic event or your first major plot point occurs. Thought your beginning doesn’t need to start with action, something important does need to be occurring as it relates to the story line. The beginning of your novel needs to begin by hooking your audience into the story through either action, character, or setting. MORE