Saturday, May 15, 2010
Wannabe Writers #16
My question this week: How to start a story. I've never been very good a writing hooks. Any suggestions? How did you start your story? (Dialogue, description, action, etc.)
I have a hard time with this as well. I couldn't tell you all the times that I walked away from a story because I just couldn't get that first sentence out. I'll sit down to type, and what comes out is rubbish. Instead of just trying to write through it, I'll give up in a huff.
When I do get past that initial "ughhh, this sucks" phase, I find that I usually will write some sort of descriptive introductory phrases, be it paragraph or page, to set the tone of the story before I get into the dialogue. When I'm reading, I like to know a bit about who is talking and where they are before we get into the action, but that's just me.