After writing Hidden People‘s first draft, I’ve made some major – but really cool – changes. Truth is though, I’m stuck. I don’t know where to begin the story. I thought I did and even wrote a scene or two, but it doesn’t seem to be working.
The upside of writing issues is that I have something blog about and ask you guys. How do you decide where to start the story? What needs to be in place before you can even start? Here are my opinions –
- Your character needs to be in action. Something needs to be happening that will affect him or her in a way he cannot imagine yet.
- In order to know what will have an impact on your character and basically turn his world upside down, you need to know who your character is. What are his goals and desires? What is going to happen that will force him to deal with his issues?
- Keep the reader in mind. Your character might have important things to do, but do we need to read about? Some writers start the story way too early, piling in information that we are either smart enough to figure out ourselves or that can be briefly referred to later while the story is progressing.
- Don’t start too early; but if you keep having to write flashbacks, you’ve probably started too late.
- Is your character pressed for time? If the story begins and your character is shuffling through life without a care in the world, you’re likely to lose your readers fast.
- Will your opening scenes give you the chance to build a world? I think this is my main issue. World building is something I struggle with in general; and finding an appropriate occasion to start the story and weave in the elements of a hidden world is proving to be quite the challenge.
Where does your story start and why did you choose that specific occasion? Do you have any points to add to my list? Either let me know in the comments or you could write a blog post about it and share the link in the comments. I would love to read about it.
Thanks for reading!