Discussion in 'General Writing' started by mutants vs. vampires, Oct 16, 2008.
crap it, i am stuck writing the first line of my book. CRAP IT ALL!!! dammit. help!!!(
Move on to the second line ;P Or better still, a different chapter. Don't try and force yourself to write.
okay. i'll start writing in parts. i'm gonna start the second chapter. or something if i'm stuck there. something really exciting in the first chapter, too. ~hehe~ the girl (protagonist's sister) beets up her mom by accident. ~hehe~ i dunno, i am weird...
There's no law that says you have to write a story in the sequence it will be read. If your story idea springs from a scene you envisioned, write that scene. Chances are that things will occur toi you as you write that scene that will stimulate you to write a preceding or subsequent scene next.
You can always revise to clean up the flow and any inconsistencies once the first draft is done.
Do you even have a decent outline for your story, character arcs etc?
Stuck after one line! good lordy
If your getting stuck already just doddle as much outline, plot/character/ world ideas you can..
best of luck with line/chapter two
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plan it all out so you cna skip around. the first thing i wrote was chapter 11
You don't have to begin with a BOOM. As long as the first paragraph is hook-worthy, you'll be fine.
Too many people (myself included) give the first line too much credit.
The beginning paragraphs are so important to the finished book that you may want to hold off until the rest of the story is shaping up. You'll probably rework it a few times anyway to get it just right, as a finishing touch
To offer a voice of dissension, skipping around is okay at times, but try not to make a habit of it. You could fall prey to writing all the interesting, easy parts and leaving all the "boring," difficult parts for later, which will definitely not help the writing process. Or, even worse, you could end up with a patchwork story you have to try to stitch together, full of plotholes because you wrote everything out of order.
Sometimes you can only just brace yourself and force yourself through the hard parts. You're going to have to write those first lines sometime anyway.
--from one of those people who HAS to write the whole thing in order
First, I agree with Tehuti, in the sense that it's better to avoid skipping around if you can. Unless you have a really good outline.
Second, if you are stuck at the first line, then maybe you are starting in the wrong spot?
Further, nobody ever said the first line had to be right the first time. Just write something. For instance, I had a similar problem with my most current project... so I just wrote something I didn't like, and ended up with two thousand words that were at least decent on the whole.
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