Pardon my absence of a few days. A lung infection knocked me down, but I’m up and fighting again.

The opening of your story or article presents your contract with the reader. “Follow on, reader, and you’ll be entertained.” or “Read this article and you’ll learn something.

The usual advice is to start with action. Look for the verb ‘to be’ in your opening. . It could be an indicator of a slow start.

David Mamet, the screenwriter, offers some interesting advice. He says, “Come in late and leave early.”

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