Maria Popova's Brain Pickings has once again shared information about rules for great stories, this time from Barnaby Conrad (author). He responded to the cartoon strip above with six rules. The first is "Try to pick the most intriguing place in your piece to begin."
You may see the other five at her website, and there are also links to advice on writing by Kurt Vonnegut, David Olgilvy, Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac and John Steinbeck.
Via Beth Dichter