1. Skelly Jack

    Skelly Jack Member

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    Starting over

    Discussion in 'Setting Development' started by Skelly Jack, Oct 7, 2017.

    So, I had a story I had asked for help on previously, but I have since abandoned the project due to situations not permitting me to write. I lost that story, so I must start over with a new one.
    Here's to hoping I can get some more help from you guys, you rock!

    That said, here's the situation.
    I'm starting a new story, but I'm finding a bit of difficulty actually writing the beginning setting. The story starts off in a cave, but I don't know what to start with. If anyone would be willing to write up some examples with similar settings, I would very much appreciate it.
    A few pointers to help:
    It is a bit damp, so dripping water can be heard.
    Alongside the moss and mildew, the place smells like death and potions, as it is inhabited by a necromancer.

    I do look forward to what you guys have in mind!
     
  2. BayView

    BayView Huh. Interesting. Contributor

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    You're going to need to establish your POV. Unless you're writing omniscient, there's a character in that cave, experiencing all the cave has to offer. What does that character see/smell/taste/feel/hear? And how much of it do you want to share with readers?
     
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    This definitely helps! Thanks so much!
     
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    Some friendly advice: I could be wrong, but don't hold your breath because this isn't going to happen. It's not what writing forums are for.

    We can offer advice, as @BayView has kindly done, but no one's going to write your scene for you.
     
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    Oh! You misunderstood my intention! I don't want people to write the scene for me, I was just wanting to see some examples as I was having difficulty finding some. I wouldn't dream of using someone else's words in a story, it just wouldn't be right. The idea was that I could see other people's interpretations of what a scene like that would be, it helps me get an idea of what I'd like to put down. I'm sorry for the confusion.
     
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    Well, I've searched the internet (after my library, of course), and I've found nothing so far. However, if I was going to write the start to a story like that (you can change or use this if you so wish), I'd start it somewhere along the lines of:

    Darkness loomed in the vast empty space, that was only littered by a few rocks here and there. Moss could be seen crawling up the sides of these sharp, jagged rocks and an odd smell drifted through the air...
     
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    This helps immensely! As I said before, I wouldn't dream of using someone else's words in my story, but I thank you for putting this up. Beginnings were never really my strong point, so I just wanted a point of reference to get my gears turning.
     
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    You're very much welcome! Also, you're welcome to take that first beginning line if you need it to work with, I'm not fussed! :)
     
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