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The Writer's Guide to Beginnings by William Martin, Paula Munier

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Chapter Four

The Edge of the Beginning

Where to Begin

“Sometimes when you think you are done,

it is just the edge of beginning....

It is beyond the point when you think you are done

that often something strong comes out.”

—Natalie Goldberg

“Ideas excite me, and as soon as I get excited, the adrenaline gets going, and the next thing I know, I’m borrowing energy from the ideas themselves.”

—Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury is correct, as usual: You know that you’ve hit on the right story idea when that idea energizes you. That energy is your key to completing the marathon that is writing any full-length work. Use that energy well, and it will sustain you throughout the process. Squander it, and your story will falter and maybe stall out altogether, forever ...

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