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 its 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

  1. Start with the scene you’ve been visualizing the most.
  2. 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.
  3. Accept the fact that you aren’t going to get everything right the first time. Keep moving forward.
  4. If you can’t think of a first sentence, start by stating a character’s problem. Billy hated bats.
  5. If you don’t like what you started with, try something new. Don’t erase what you have, just move on.
  6. Relax.

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