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One of the hardest things for me to write is the beginning. I'm not sure how to start the story sometimes. Do you have any tips or advice?

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I have a hard time with this too, but the best advice I heard is to start out with a bang. Admittedly, I've broken this rule a lot (that's what rewrites are for ), but I try! Hope this helped!
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The first two paragraphs should entice and make the reader want more. More I say! Sock it to 'em, but hold back from giving them too much information.

Treat them like a puppet on your strings! Like a smoked ham, cooked slowly yet aggressively. Hope this helped you, SA.
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There are multiple methods for starting a story. The explanation start, the action start, etc. Personally I prefer being thrown into the action.

The explanation introduces the characters to the reader and gives the reader a chance to "get the feel" for them. The action ... well, the reader gets dropped right into the conflict.

For example, let's say we are writing a war story:

Explanation method: We meet the main character as he is being shipped off to fight, we are introduced to his wife and kids and are given some of his background.

Action method: Bullets are flying everything, bombs dropping and our main character is hiding in the rubble.

Again, personally, I like the action method because my ADHD gets bored if there is a lag in the rising action part of the story.

Now the next question that comes up then is where to start writing in the story arc. Again, too far back and your readers might get bored. To far in and the climax of the story might happen within 10 pages. I think here, the key is to have a feel for your plot and timeline. You don't necessarily have to detail it out ad nauseum, but at least well enough to know when you have to much filler before starting the rising action.

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The longer you sit there trying to figure how to begin the story the less likely you are to write it. Just start the feckin story and worry about where to begin it once it's finished.
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What the last guy said.
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In my telephone, I have a special place for noting some fresh ideas. You know inspiration can come any minute. But my memory is to short to remember everything.
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Just let your muse lead you start to finish. Once completed take the scene that most knocks your socks off. If necessary adjust the timeframe then make that your first page. Why? You never want them to put the book down from the instant they read that first sentence. If romance pick a hot vignette. If suspense/thriller, lead with the murder, the assanination, the discovery of OMG info. If SF, make the first chapter visual as hell with exotic aliens or weird beasts or space based battle fronts. On all my 16 releases I've used that strategy and most books received 4 to 5 stars reviews. Helps to anchor them in your mindset, your fictional world.
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title it with you character's name or main story. or you can leave it empty, when you finish your story, come back and see what hve you written, title anything related to it.
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Don't get hung up on getting anything right. Don't try starting with a bang, and stop caring if your first two paragraphs are enticing. Shoot your muse in the head and hide the body. You'll spend so much time trying to get this right that everything else will suffer.

Just write. Start on page two, or half way through, or write the eding first, or whatever.

Whatever you write will smell faintly of shit. Don't worry about the stink, just write. You can deodorise and polish on the rewrite.
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Originally Posted by Saving Annabel View Post
One of the hardest things for me to write is the beginning. I'm not sure how to start the story sometimes. Do you have any tips or advice?
Start with the bad guy doing bad stuff.

Or start with a problem.
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Question: I'm kinda new to the site, and I've been writing for a longtime. Ever now and then, I get stuckn coming up with ideas for a storyline. I can come up with characters almost on the fly to fit almost everything I write about. I was wondering if there were some people out there that could help me get better focused, on coming up with ideas. Right now, im at a wall trying breaking it down, but I have no one to share ideas with, or to bounce ideas back and fourth. If anyone wants to volunteer to help me out. I would be glad to have along for the ride.
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Once upon at time...etc.
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It doesn't matter where you start as long as you get started.
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Read, read, read. The more you read: the more you will see there is no wrong way of starting. Best start with a hook though. Why would someone want to continue? Why would they want to start your story rather than some other book?

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How much do you plot? Because I don't plot it is important for me to get the beginning before continuing so I just write and rewrite until it is what I need.

It is hard because you don't know your character yet so a piece of advice is to just write random scenes with them, get to know them better then work out what you want to say. Once you know what devise a scene that the character will work in.
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