I've already tried to write this once but my computer crashed and now i'm angry, so i'm going to try and write this with as few words as possible! Haha What's a good way to present to a reader, a book being read to a group, within a story? I'm writing a story purely to get myself into the habit of writing on a regular basis, and to blow away some cobwebs, whilst I'm planning a serious projest. So far I think I'm doing alright. I have a basic idea of what's going to happen and I'm about 600 words in. Fairly near the beginning of the story a character reads a book to a large group of people. The problem I'm having is getting across to my reader that the "book" has begun. Ideally I won't be including a title of this "book" and as it stands at the moment it starts straight off with dialogue. This is an excerpt so far. Mr Sullivan clears his throat from the seat of the cart, his old chequered quilt pulled firmly into place, and in a low drawn out voice, he begins to read. ‘What was found?’ I ask, wondering if I'd be able to stomach the answer. ‘Very little until we reached the edge of the town. I don't know if the others found anything, but I daren't go any farther'. So the part between "he begins to read" and the dialogue starting is the transition. I've let a couple of people read the whole thing so far and both had to re-read that section before they realised the book had started. What advice would you give to make this clearer? My anger has subsided now!