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    Can I start a short story in a dream?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Megan Sutherland, Oct 27, 2012.

    I've been thinking about starting my story in a nightmare, in a way giving the reader a background on what has happened up to this point. I'm not sure if it's too predictable and cliche though. Any advice will be greatly appreciated:).
     
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    It's still an infodump. Don't do it.
     
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    ditto that!

    starting fiction with a dream is so much a beginning-writer cliche that it should really be avoided until you have a reputation that allows you to write a grocery list and have it be a bestseller...
     
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    I'm a beginner and I started a manuscript with a dream. It isn't much of an info dump as it is a "what the hell was that?" Which will inevitably be explained as the story develops.

    Should I also avoid that beginning the story dream usage, or should I edit it out and rewrite when I go back over the manuscript?
     
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    Thanks for the help, now I know for any future stories:)
     
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    ...yes...
     

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