3 Steps To Get Your Scene Started


Sometimes when I’m sitting down to write I can’t think of how to start. I know what I need to say. And I know what the scene’s about, I just don’t know what the first line should be.

I figured I wasn’t the only writer with this problem, so I decided to share exactly how I overcome this perplexing writer’s block.

Here are four ways you can start your scene:

  1. Dialogue
  2. Setting description
  3. Immediate Action
  4. Reflection

OK, so we have how you can start a scene but how do you know which choice to choose?

Here’s what I do when before I decide.

Step 1: Focus On Your Scene’s Goal

Knowing what your scene is going to be about helps you brainstorms different ways to start your scene. But you can’t start a scene if you don’t know what’s going on.

Step 2: Picture Your Scene’s Location

By pin pointing the location of your scene you can narrow your options in how you want to start the scene. For example, if your characters are in a car you can probably start the scene with dialogue or setting description.

Step 3: Go From Small To Big

Think in terms of what needs to be done in the scene from Step One. What is the big thing getting accomplished in the scene and what are the steps to get it done? When you focus on your purpose you can cut straight to the case in get your story moving forward.

What are your tips for getting your scene started?

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About the Author

Shaquanda Dalton

Hello, my name is Shaquanda Dalton and welcome to Learnasyouwrite.com! I'm from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graudated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Creative Writing. I fell in love with writing at the age nine and love it till this day. :)

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