“Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could become a page in someone else’s survival guide.”
Morgan Harper Nichols
Welcome to The Daily Buzz, Yellow Scribe’s daily writer’s blog. We’re here to help you write and most importantly – publish that book! Today’s article proves to be a help for beginners in storytelling. Every novice does get stuck on this part of storytelling, which is its beginning. We shall be discussing the answer to that in this article.
Storytelling is an art whose definition can’t be limited to jotting down the occurrences in the chronological order. One has to kill hours on brainstorming the twists in the plot, the suspense part and the tension in the story. After all, a story needs to be interesting and intriguing enough to please the audience! A story needs to leave an impact on the audience with its subtle messages. That’s the reason, ‘A pen is mightier than the sword.’ Your write-ups have the power to inspire, motivate or provide eternal bliss to the readers.
Here, I will be noting down the ways to begin a story through a step by step approach.
A Genre Matters!
Think of a suitable genre which you feel would provide a good beginning to your story. I would suggest you to pick your favourite genre as it affects the quality of your write-ups thereby, making them more consistent and easier to understand.
A Rough Draft Helps!
Brainstorm over the ideas that pass through your mind and jot them down over a piece of paper. This would act as a rough draft which would help in the framing of your story later.
Characters Make A Story!
Think of the starring characters of your story. Who would be the main characters? Who would be the supporting ones? Who would be the protagonist(s)? Who would be the antagonist(s)? However, this too largely depends on the genre you choose.
Setting Makes Your Story Appealing!
Choose the setting. After all, your story needs to be based at a particular city, town or country. Let the readers know about that in the beginning.
Ways To Begin Your Story:
Revealing The Story Directly!
Introduce any character, which you please, in the beginning. You may begin by stating the character’s occupation and introducing it to the readers in the first go. By doing this, you choose to declare the story directly. However, this wouldn’t retain the suspense factor of that particular character. Here, you are entrusted the responsibility of adding twists to the plot in the later part of the story to make it interesting. For instance, Amelia Higgins, a successful computer engineer, working at a reputed company, was typing away aggressively on the laptop. She awaited the arrival of Daniel who would pick her up on his way to the office since they worked together, much to the bliss of Amelia.
Abstaining From Declaring The Role Of The Character!
You could commence by stating just the name of that character without revealing the true nature or role of the character in the story. This would arouse the suspense factor. For instance, Amelia Higgins, was typing away aggressively on her laptop. Here, you could choose to not get her boyfriend Daniel in the picture for a greater suspense factor. You could just explain the daily life of that character by introducing the supporting characters being the parents, cousins, grandparents, close friends or any type of relative you can think of.
Starting With A Conversation!
You could start abruptly with a conversation between two or more people and not stating who the protagonist or the main lead in the story is. This would arise greater suspicion among the readers and make them excited enough to decipher the main character there. However, that conversation could be personal or professional depending on the way you choose to unveil your story. For instance, “Leave it, Peter.” “No, I won’t. Let me have a look.” “Give it to me.” Paula couldn’t help take a high leap in the air and land straight near Peter as she grabbed the book with all her might.” In the later section of the story, the mystery of the secret entry in that book could be revealed and Paula could be shown as the protagonist. However, that would make it simple enough for readers to decipher. So, Peter could be shown as the protagonist with a twist nobody could ever imagine. Now it is up to you to create the twist and present it in an artistic way.
Begin With The Setting And Introduce The Supporting Characters
You could begin with the setting of the story and not introducing the main character promptly. In fact, not introducing the main character at all and letting the supporting characters take the lead in the beginning. This would addle the readers and make them pay complete attention to your story. We could take the example of Amelia Higgins who is a reputed computer engineer and in love with Daniel. You could show them as supporting characters. The protagonist could actually be Jane Lawrence who is the MD of that particular company and in love with Daniel. Thus, Daniel could be shown as the antagonist later who is betraying Jane along with Amelia. Thus, Amelia and Daniel could then suddenly transform to antagonists as they proceed to murder Jane in the later part of the story.
Begin With The Introduction Of The Antagonist(S)
You could begin with introducing the antagonists directly unlike the above point which transforms protagonists into antagonists. Here, you could start the story with the antagonist and its occupation which would clearly specify the identity and role of that person in the story. For instance, Kayla Green, a serial killer had committed 40 murders in her lifetime in spite of reaching just thirty years of age. This antagonist could then later change to a supporting character or maybe even a protagonist. The story could then sympathize with Kayla, stating that she was a psychopath owing to the savage and abusive relationship of her parents which damaged her mental health and made her become what she was today. Thus, she could be framed innocent and her father could be brought into the picture. He could be shown as an antagonist and it could be revealed that he confidentially fed drugs to his daughter thereby, leading her to the current mental health issue.
Thus, I would conclude stating that the beginning of the story matters a lot because that’s where you start deciding the twists and the suspense part of your story. A beginning needs to be abrupt so as to arouse interest among the readers. You need to go for unexpected and unpredictable twists for your story since that would mark your content quality. After all, the future of your book depends on the quality of content you prefer to engrave in it, doesn’t it?
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”