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    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by kygos, Dec 26, 2010.

    hi all
    Ive always had trouble with starting my storys. I now where it starts but i cant seem to put it to words. Is there any methods i can use to get past that.
     
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    Don't start at the beginning? It's your story noone says you need to write it from beginning to end.
     
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    There are a few things you want to accomplish in an opening scene:

    1. Set up conflict. It could be the main conflict, or just someone having a bad day with their boss or something. Either way, it should be related to the rest of the story somehow. Don't use the boss conflict if the boss will never appear again, for example. Give us a conflict that shows us the type of setting and atmosphere your story takes place in.

    2. Set a tone for the rest of the story. Not that you have to have the same tone all the way through of course, but if it's primarily a horror, comedy, etc set that tone in the opening scene. Do it well enough that the reader wants to keep turning pages.

    3. Show, not tell (avoid infodumps) info about the characters.

    Try NOT to open with someone just waking up and going about a daily routine.
     
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    I write out the major points I want to hit in the story in caps. Basically, an informal outline. Then knock them off as I get inspired.

    A friend of mine uses a method that would not work for me, but may for you. She starts with a one sentence premise. then re-writes that as two sentences. She repeats this till she has a good start to the story. Seems time intensive to me, but works for her.

    -Frank
     
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    Staring with some dialogue in terms of a discussion or argument is a good way to introduce characters without having to info dump in order to do so.
     
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    thanks all u have been really helpful
     
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    You’re going to have to start your stories with an ability to write. I know that sounds cruel, but look at your OP: you misspelled stories for Christ’s sake. You also seem to have no knowledge of punctuation. Why, then are you putting the cart before the horse?

    I’m not saying this to put you down; I’m really not. I’m pointing out a fact you’re going to have to get your head around if you want to be a fiction writer: it starts with knowing how to write in the first place. The correct use of grammar and spelling is the fundamental tool of writing to communicate with others.

    I realize in texting that a lot of rules are broken to make the messaging faster. But if you post in a writers’ forum using text-speak it makes you look like you never got passed the second grade in school, and if that’s the case, you can’t be a writer.

    You have to be able to write to write stories.
     
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    As Edward pointed out, you have some mistakes in your OP. I'll point some of them out so you don't commit them again :]

    Ive should be I've. Ive is not a word. I've is the combination of I and have.
    Story is singular. Stories is the plural form of "story."
    Now means at the present time/moment. Know means to have knowledge of something, to be aware of.
    Always capitalize I.
    Cant should be Can't. Can't means Cannot.
    "Is there any methods" is wrong. Notice that you chose to use the plural form of method, which means that you also have to use the plural form for Is, which is Are. "Are there any methods I can use to get past that?" <--- Use a question mark, not a period.
     
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    I always go right to the description
     

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