October 23, 2017
So what's been drilled into my head is this: every story must begin with exposition.
This maybe debatable, but I can see the reason for this. The reader needs to feel some attachment to the character they're reading about, so that they care about what happens to them...
"The bird fights its way out the egg. The egg is the world. Who could be born must first destroy a world. The bird flies to God. That God's name is Abraxas."
- Herman Hesse, Demian