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.