How To Write A Great Beginning

The beginning of any story is just as important as the ending.  And you definitely want to start off with an interesting start, a great setting foundation, and a great character to bring it all together.

It’s important because first impressions matter and it may be the reason why readers keep turning the pages to find out the ending.

  • First Impressions Matter

-Have a nice hook to grab the reader in but don’t have it be the most climatic part of your story because you want the reader to keep reading.

-Keep the hook interesting and simple with the assumption that the readers knows nothing about the story and has a little understanding of what’s going on.

-One of the techniques I love to use is starting with dialogue by having one character say something very interesting that keeps the reader wanting to know more information.

-You can also start by describing one of the major problems for the protagonist and why it’s his/her goal to solve it.

  • Introduce Your Characters At Their Prime

I say introduce them at their prime to mean when the characters are truly acting like themselves. They’re not making a front or impression for somebody but being themselves.

A character can be at their prime during something they love, doing their talent or doing something only they can do.

  • Let The Setting Be Known

One of the worse things is to have a great beginning and your readers having no idea where the story is taking place. The setting may be self-explanatory in some beginning depending on how you start.

However, I recommend letting the readers know exactly where there action is taking place unless it’s used as a suspense technique and crucial for your story.

 

I really hope these tips help you on your writing journey. I’m currently right dab in the middle of mine’s so I know what you’re going through and how much you want the beginning to be just right.

If you come across some tips to writing a great beginning that I left out please share it with us in the comment section.

Thanks for reading and keep writing.

Shaquanda

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Shaquanda Dalton

Hello, my name is Shaquanda Dalton and welcome to Learnasyouwrite.com! A little about myself, I'm 20, I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and am a Sohomore at the University of Wisonsin-Milwaukee. I love writing and have written short stories and simple works since I was nine years old. I have a cute cate named Joey who loves to scratch and bite on his good days.

  • Shaquanda Dalton

    I think that’s a great idea to keep the story focused. That also builds a lot of room for creativity.

    (Then maybe for fun you can shuffle those cards and what ever order they end up in is the story. :) Hey it might work. )

  • http://www.stuffshewrote.com Yoneco Evans

    Unfortunately, I’m not that far along, yet. I just have the idea and the outline. What I’m doing now is taking the major points from the outline, putting them on index cards and writing everything I know about that section or scene.

  • Shaquanda Dalton

    Yea I think long novel sells better because there’s more content to read. More for their money. I’m aiming for mine’s to be around 60,000 words or more. What about yours?

  • http://www.stuffshewrote.com Yoneco Evans

    My novel idea is coming along nicely. It started out as a short story, but I realized there was just too much content for that format.

  • Shaquanda Dalton

    I’m working on a novel called Jaylen and Jessica. It’s a romance/drama three part series. How’s your novel idea coming along ?

  • http://www.stuffshewrote.com Yoneco Evans

    I love starting with dialogue, too. It’s a great way to make the audience feel like they’re immediately “in” the story or the action.

    If I can ask, what are you working on now? I’ve been more focused on short stories, but I do have a novel oultined and playing out in my mind.

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