How Should I Begin?

I’ve probably rewritten the first page of TBP a hundred times over the last 4 years. And every time I do so, I’m happy with the change for about a week, then I begin to see problems.

In the current incarnation I’m working with a fairy tale theme — I want to convey a sense of “homeyness” while raising the prospect that things are the reverse of the normal fairy tale — in other words the magic and wonder of fairyland may be found in what we normally call “home” and what we think of as fairyland is someplace alien and so scary we’d try to escape if we ever found ourselves there.

But I’ve been having second thoughts. Perhaps I should just jump into the scary stuff. Maybe my readers would be put off by my subtlety.

Tomorrow I’ll present two alternative opening paragraphs and ask you for your opinion.


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