FeatherPenClipArtBeginnings seem a little easier than endings. They’re all about potential, after all. Beginnings set the tone and direction of your story, and may reveal the theme and central conflict. There should be a hook, too, that makes the reader willing to commit to the story. This can be startling, or maybe something unsaid, a mystery, a question about the conflict or motives–something suggestive. In order to get into the story quickly, it’s better to start somewhere in the middle of the action. You can always go back and fill in with exposition. Best to avoid trying to explain in the dialog, though. That sort of thing sounds really contrived.