How do I begin a novel? I've spent the last ten days plotting out my NaNoWriMo story (or, I will admit, playing PSP), but I still haven't actually put pen to paper, or finger to key, or marker to whiteboard to start, all because I don't know how to begin the story. I know what happens, and I know the flow of events all the way up to about the 50,000 word mark, but I don't know how to begin it. I don't really know how to introduce my characters, and set up things before the conflict. How in the heck do you deal with that first ten minutes of the movie when the characters aren't saving the world, they're just dealing with normal life, before the Call finds them? ED Note: You know, it just occurred to me to give them another, minor problem that can be solved in those ten minutes. Kind of like Luke having to deal with the droids.