But this post isn’t about that kind of starting and finishing.
This post is about starts and beginnings in action and dialogue: what they are, what they do, and how to use them to serve the story.
Let’s start with these pairs of sentences:
- Louise smiled and began to walk away from me.
- Louise smiled and walked away from me.
- Ben grimaced and started unloading the dishwasher.
- Ben grimaced and unloaded the dishwasher.
- The queen began to rise from her throne.
- The queen rose from her throne.
Do you see the difference? In each pair, the first sentence emphasizes the start of an action, whereas the second emphasizes the action itself.