Lin: Do writers need to start on the day that's different?
Ari: Starting on the day that's different is OK. Starting on the moment that's different can be tough because readers don't know enough about the story.
Wendy: Every book is different. It should be organic to the story. And it boils down to the writing, (I can help you with the plot, but I can't help you reshape your writing--it all comes down to that.)
Allyn: The problems I see with beginnings when it comes to picture books, is that they are not the beginnings of picture books, they're the beginning of chapter books. What I'm looking for is one sentence that make me interested, that's a clear beginning. Another common problem--manuscripts written in sing-songy rhyme with lots of alliteration and no narrative arc.
--POSTED BY ALICE