For those of you tracking my NaNoWriMo progress, I am currently at 3500 words. That isn’t as many as I should be at, but 3000 of those came today, so I am encouraged. It was difficult to start the story at the beginning so I jumped in today and wrote a scene I had been envisioning for a while. That worked much better. Now I feel as If I have a handle on at least one of my characters and I have a situation that I can move forward from.
My novel juggles multiple perspectives, so the narrative is going to jump with each chapter. It will show the story from the point-of-view of at least six and as many as eight characters. This means I have to find something interesting for each of the characters to do as the story reaches their moment. The first character I tried to follow simply had too dramatic a moment to start off with. I’m not ready to deal with that moment so today I chose another character’s story, which takes place slightly later in the narrative. Now that I am comfortable writing about her, I will introduce some of the other characters through her eyes and see what happens. For today’s quick tips I offer:
Six Tips For Starting Your Story
- Start with the scene you’ve been visualizing the most.
- Get to the action. Don’t worry about introducing your characters. You can always go back and do that later when you’ve been working with them for a while.
- Accept the fact that you aren’t going to get everything right the first time. Keep moving forward.
- If you can’t think of a first sentence, start by stating a character’s problem. Billy hated bats.
- If you don’t like what you started with, try something new. Don’t erase what you have, just move on.