“There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” – Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith
We all know the beginning of any story is commonly accepted as the most important portion of the tale. This beginning must “hook” the reader’s attention, set the tone of the story and suggest where your main character is headed.
A writer experiences many beginnings in their craft; the birth of a new idea, first outline or draft, a first critique, first submission and first rejection of that piece.
Knowing all of this, in 1987 William Brohaugh, editor of Writer's Digest, collected first-person pieces from the magazine by better and lesser-known writers about the problems of their profession, from finding sources of inspiration to coping with publishers.
The title of this anthology comes from Red Smith's observation on the ease of writing. These 37 essays are written by writers, for writers. Topics include suggestions on how to begin and end stories, getting royalty checks and researching.
The acknowledgement page "honors all writers who take the risk of revealing themselves on paper, and who discover themselves in the process." This anthology is a treasure for anyone interested in a new beginning.