how to start off a story?
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Posted 1/5/14
so i'd like some advice on how to start of a story like how does everyone else start off their story. The reason why i'm asking is because im having trouble figuring out how to start it. i have idea for other chapters and what not it's just the starting out part that is really annoying me. thanks
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Posted 1/5/14
You can start it off in retrospect.
like...

It was during the week of ___________
It was x or y years ago...

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You can start anywhere really. It's often better to write a number of options to pick and choose from on a whim's notice. (Some options to start off with are conversations/quotes, an action scene, introduce the scenery/setting.)

One of my personal favorite things to do is skip the challenging "introduction" part(s) and write everything else and work backwards.
Don't forget to check out some inspirational writings or authors' works for ideas too. It's not easy, but keep working at it!

Good luck~ がんばってね!
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Well, it's nice if the introduction is interesting. Has a hook, that catches the reader's attention and never let's go. Then you sneak up behind them with a pan.....
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I would recommend you to look up some novel books. They usually have lots of different stories with lots of different intro, that might give you inspiration.

Good luck!
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Posted 1/7/14 , edited 1/7/14
There are generally two ways to start a story. Be it present or via reflection. You must know the story "Trigger" What event makes it from being a day to day sort of normality and into a story.

First way is if characters are planned, just think about something that the characters would be doing normally. Be it walking, driving, in a battle, whatever. Just some component of their life. Trigger happens, and story begins.

Example 1: One of my works of writing started out as a group of friends just going out on to a project. During this time, I used in story narrative to set up the known world for the reader because it was a very fictional environment. On the project, something minor just expanded into an epic saga as things went on.

Second way is open with a bit of mystery, start with the trigger without revealing the results, or the details of what happened by writing it from the view of an outside observer. After which, you go back to the above and the main characters just stumble into a story already ongoing.

Example 2: A post apocalyptic world. It opened with the main character lying on the ground and looking up at the sky. I proceed to having the character flash-back into the main trigger that thrust the world into it's current form. I pick up in the middle of the character's story right before events begin to change things from the new status quo

You can also blend the two styles

Example 3: Another story I am working on opens with a third person narrative introduction into a realistic, current events world. Essentially it is early 21st century earth. The action starts off before any character introduction with a surprize military assault on a city. The main characters start off independently right before it all hits the fan, then are developed through their encounters during these early portions of writing at which point, it then leads into the main storyline.
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Posted 1/18/14
First have an idea that you want to write. After that, develop a phrase that will draw in your reader. Continue to build your house off of that.
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Posted 1/18/14
What type of story?
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Posted 1/19/14
eat.. and simply set your mood
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Posted 1/22/14
Only you should answer this question....mentally.
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Well... It depends what kind of story it is. The best way I can sum it up (Or any of us could) is at least try to show the main characters normal life (Whatever his normal is) then move on to showing how the adventure will change his/her life
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Posted 1/24/14
So long as you know what your story is about and where its going, the beginning of the story can be the hardest part. The beginning of the story isn't so much about the story overall, but getting people interested in the story in a way that hooks their attention.

So I guess I should give the advice part. Come up with a bunch of scenarios, like you're playing the start of a video game or watching the beginning of a television serial. Don't write them at first, just imagine them. Pick the ones you find most fun and entertaining and write/type them down, then see which best leads into the rest of your story.
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