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« Reply #15 on: October 19, 2009, 05:20:05 PM »

What I said was, essentially, if you're not in a position to use the murder as a hook at the beginning of the tale, then why not use the other elements that you've already put in place; namely the MC's need to make a living and the fact that he's been despatched to the hostile north (or wherever it is) to do so. By introducing this as something he doesn't want to do but must (i.e. conflict), by giving him a desire and a need to get this job done, prove himself, and get back home again, you can create a sympathetic character, a hook, and with a bit of care, even a "ticking clock" element (I did this in my version of the opening by suggesting a love interest back home and also a love rival who will take advantage of his absence). This way, you're right in the middle of an interesting tale but without needing to mention murder yet.

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« Reply #16 on: October 19, 2009, 05:34:43 PM »

mustn't have my stuff here, ed keeps it.
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