To provide better service to all of our members, Silver Pen will be moving its website to a new server on the evening of Tuesday, April 23, 2013. This move will require that the site goes down for a few hours (maybe up to 12 hrs, although we hope for much less). We expect the site to go down around 9PM EDT as the servers are pointed to Silver Pen's new home. We hope the site is back up and working by 5AM EDT on the morning of Wednesday, April 24th.

Every new writer, and quite a few old ones, is familiar with that sinking feeling that happens when you start a new tale and wonder, “Where do I begin?”

Many times when I’m judging a story for Writers of the Future, I’ll come upon a story that seems somehow malformed. The writing is great, but the story is wrong.

(this is a cross post from Rick's blog Write Well, Write to Sell)

Among the several sins that many new writers commit, premature flashbacks is often one of them. Two other big sins are launching into backstory too soon after the opening (or in the opening), and the use of a prologue when one isn’t warranted.

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