Starting a story could well be the most difficult part of the creative writing process of all. A blank page can be terrifying in its openness; words feverishly penned at 4am in a seeming revelation can result in the writer's equivalent to morning-after remorse.
When I set about writing my first blog post, I had a strange impulse to begin as my English teachers told me I should never, under any circumstances, open a story. "Hi, my name is Sarah", "Hey, kids, you wanna hear a story?", or perhaps even "It was a dark and stormy night" - you know - to set the scene.