I just want everybody to know two things:
1. I find myself utterly fascinating
2. I cut out over one-hundred and fifty words that were completely irrelevant to the post, be I value you, and your reading time.
I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to start a story (or if you’re somebody who’s free from the binds of such a compelling intense matter), but it can be hard.
REALLY hard. Especially if you write a story in your head, BACKWORDS.
1. Start at the End. It’s the simplest way a story might start, and the simplest way to end it. Sometimes, for a story to start, it needs to have an ending, so start there, and if you don’t plan your writing-well now you’re just writing backwards, and that sounds EXACTLY like something I would do.
2. Start with a tale. It doesn’t have to be a “Once Upon a Time” scenario but start it as a tale. Describing the character, giving the emotions, or the backstory. Think the beginning of “The Kissing Booth”, only you don’t have a slightly-uncomfortable relationship with boys, or wear short skirts to school, because for whatever reason theirs no DRESS CODE.
3. Start in the middle. Nothing spell DrAmA like reading the cliff hanger, and to be honest, nothing get’s me going like an exhilarating scene.
4. Start in the Future. How is your character, did everything turn out okay? Was their life like they wanted, and for extra spice, what would they tell the younger them who went through the situation?
5. Start with a thought process. Give the readers, and yourself, a chance to understand the character, give them simple daily tasks, and paint a picture of how the character thinks.
In conclusion, there are just a few ways to start a story, and when writing, never forget the Hero’s Journey as something for you to lean on.
ALSO TUNE IN NEXT WEEK TO HERE ME RANT ABOUT HOW NOT TO START A STORY.
Do you struggle with writing the start of stories? If so, how do you have a strong start? I’d love to hear below.
Remember to live your life like the ginchy story that it is!