First Words

First words are hard.

I’ve rewritten this post twenty times. In school, I was told that introductions make or break a person’s writing. Without a good one, your paper will fail. They are the bedrock of your ideas. They need to lure the reader in, grab them, and keep them reading. Authors should be angler fish, enticing witless readers with dancing lights, leading them toward a prosaic death.

Trying to write this way is a good way to never start writing.

Maybe first words should be like those of a child. They are simply heralds for the words and ideas to come.

The first words were hard. But now they’re over. They appeared and vanished.

Now I’m free to write anything.

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