The hardest part of writing a story is starting it, because to make it interesting, the goal is to grab the reader’s attention in the first few pages. Not only do you have to do that, but you also have to start to build up the story. For example, if I were to have my character living in a dystopian society, I would have to know what I want in that society from the start. Last but not least, you must know the conflict of your story, that will last long enough, and even lead to more conflicts. So to make the process of beginning a good story easier here are some fairly simple tricks for your writing…
- Use an (preferably exciting) experience that you’ve been through, so you know what it is like. Obviously use different characters and possibly places when you’re writing it though. Then just drag the story out of your experience, and change the events that come after it into a possibility of what could have happened to you.
- Start of with an event that is believable enough (not too crazy out there), but be sure to add enough excitement to it to get readers interested.
- Find a name that well fits your character(s), and make sure you’re giving them the right amount of, well, character. You want the reader to get to know the main character well enough to know what’s unique or special about them.
- How much opinion do you want to write with? For example, in Rebel Belle, the main character tells the story more from her side, and says things like: “ugh, this is so embarrassing. I head butted him. I know, like a soccer hooligan or something… See? I told you it got weirder.” Unlike a book like, say Divergent, where the facts are pretty much straight forward and laid out in front of you. So really, this also has to do with the style of your writing, and that is determined by your character’s personality.
- Type up a quick outline of your story, to begin with. Use the picture above as an example. Just jot down the basic facts, so that you know where you’re story is going to be heading, or you at least have a basic idea. This helps you develop things such as the basic idea, conflict, and characters of the story before you actually begin to write it. With a good outline, you automatically will have a well structured story. Thanks for reading, I hope you found this helpful 🙂