Beginnings can be tricky because you have to decide what information to share and what to hold back. You want to tell your readers enough so they’ll understand the type of story you’re going to tell but you also want to hold back some secrets to keep them reading. If you’d like to see a well-written example of what to include in the beginning of your story, read Mikaela’s prologue for God is Now Here. She includes everything a good beginning should include and she does it in less than a page. Well done, Mikaela!
Mikaela also added to the group Mystery story and it’s getting really, really good. You should go read that too. Then add to it because I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Comments on: "How to Start a Story" (1)
I read in a very good book that I can’t remember the title of, that sometimes the best way to get a story started is to simply put the pen to paper and start writing whatever is in your head. Often your stream of consciousness will begin to align into a semblance of story, and before you know it, you’ll be tearing away at your next masterpiece.