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October 1, 2015
Where does a story begin? Does it matter how far back you go? Ultimately, the teller gets to shape the tale and choose which bits are important enough to warrant elaboration or tangents. And what about the listener or reader? If an item is worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it, then a story is worth as much as someone is willing to listen to it. Thus, it’s a good idea to start somewhere that grabs people’s attention. I find that “We’ve known each other since before we were born” works pretty well.