leave the head, give me the belly

When writing a story, never start at the beginning. Pick it out from a bigger narrative. Beginnings and ends are all fabrications, anyway.

Heard this wisdom at my writer’s group last week, but I’ve known it to be true for awhile–my stories tend to be bigger than the bounds I sew them up in. But I think I needed to hear this form described as it was tonight. It’s one thing for me a to write a story like this unawares, and anther to do it intentionally.

From now on, I’ll choose my amputations carefully. Recognize the larger story, the smaller one, how they interact and fit together.