An extremely useful and practical book, that lays out the elements of story openings. It describes the strengths and weaknessness of these elements, provides terrific examples, and it all written in a lightly humorous tone that makes it go down easy.This book illuminated a number of problems for me, personally, that I was having with backstory and setup, and will make a beneficial impact on my writing.Buy it! Read it. If you write with any intent to sell, it's worth your money and time. This is one of those books that can take years off the learning curve needed to becoming a writer with sales.