The one thing that I've always struggled with when writing is starting the story. I had my rough draft in my lap, but I cannot call it a rough draft if there is nothing written. I sat with blank papers and a pen tapping nervously awaiting the ink to meet the paper. I pondered, shall I introduce the character first? No, should I introduce the conflict? Damn, should I introduce the setting? But what if it doesn't catch the attention of the reader? *pen still tapping nervously* I should really introduce the character...but how? Should I introduce her in her daily routine? Or should I introduce her along with the conflict? These are the thoughts dancing in my head and I close my binder and toss it aside. What the hell?! I can't even begin my story, how the hell is it going to be written if I have no beginning? I sit in silence, no distractions, only myself and my thoughts. This has always been the hardest part of writing for me... always. I've been writing for approximately 12 years and I still consider myself a novice because 1) I have trouble starting the story and 2) apparently I have issues in verb tense (but that's for another thread sometime). I guess the question is... how do you begin your story and do you have just as much trouble as I am currently having?