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Guidelines on How to Effectively Start a Story

The words that come at the start of a story whether told or written are much significant. They are the determinant of the flow and end of a story. A good beginning gives the audience what to expect from you thus creates their interest in the story. It also enhances the flow of a story. It is frustrating to begin a story that will not run to the end because starting it poorly. This leads to heavy losses in terms of writing resources, time and effort. When selecting the opening words, you should be entirely devoted to ensure a great start. While it can seem a hard task, here are significant tips on how to start a story.

Ensure you create momentum. The principal rule regarding the first lines of a story is that they have portions that build the entire story. Lines in the beginning should have distinct point of view, voice and bits about characterization. Unless you have a good reason of not revealing, the closure of the beginning paragraph must tell what a story is all about.

You can resist the temptations to start early. There exist temptations of starting a story prior to the start of action. The reason we start this way is because we do not allow the story to develop its own momentum. We on the contrary try to force the narrative go our way. Aspects such as a character waking up to a day that will be challenging can be included in flashbacks.

Do not overtake your readers. One of the possible challenges is beginning a story with an opening line that confuses readers who happens to read only the opening. A number of the readers who are confused can become completely uninterested in the rest of the story. However, it can apply well since additional information is available as one continues to read. Only ensure it make sense to readers with or without knowledge acquired later in the story.

Start with a minor mystery. While there is likelihood that some readers can get lost, providing a crossword particularly where even the author is also puzzled is a great idea. This creates instant partnering of the author and the reader in a certain way. Questions with no answers can engulf the entire story.

Keep talks minimal. In case you are compelled to start a story with a dialogue, keep in mind that you can possibly lose your readers. You can achieve this by beginning with one dialogue then write some content before going on with other dialogues. Sequences of long dialogues as the story starts can be scarcely followed.

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