Excellent posts. Von K has summed up how to approach openings very nicely. It's very interesting to see how authors other than Howard approached the same problem. Certainly a great bit of kit to add to any aspiring writer's toolbox.
Thanks Grim Wanderer.
"...I want to know where I came from and why and what relation I hold to the rest of the universe."
- Robert E. Howard to Tevis Clyde Smith, week of 20 Feb 1928, CL1.170
Bravo to our VonK -- both were interesting, well-thought out articles.
Thanks Chris. You added some great examples to part two in your comment.
Thanks, Von. That was a fun project; I was glad to get to take part. Your articles were really neat. I hadn't thought of categorizing the openings of Howard's (or of anyone else for that matter) stories. Very cool, indeed!