Monday, January 8, 2018

A Quick Tip: Writing End to Beginning.



With the New Year started I thought I would write about story beginnings.


I always struggle with writing the beginnings of my stories. Even during the plotting stages, I find it difficult to know where the story starts.

A character analysis technique I would use, whilst in the performing arts, was to go straight to the end of the script and figure out what my character got or didn't get. This told me what the character wanted and some insight into their motivation, making the rest of analysis relatively easier. So, I started looking at the ends of my stories first.

Once I know what I want the ending to look like and where I want my characters to be, I then create the mirror image of that scene to put at the beginning. Like bookends, I've started to structure. At the very least, I now have an idea of how to start the story and a good idea of my character's goals.

Even Pantsers who have trouble with beginnings should give this a try. There are still a lot of opportunities to discover things along the way and some which may change the outcome, but I would still start with the idea of how the story ends and then flip it to start. Nothing is ever written in stone, the point is to just get started.

How about you, do you have any tips on starting a story? I'd love to hear them. Let me know in the comments if you've tried starting at the end and if it works for you.

As always, Night Writers, stay beautifully haunted,

♥ Shadow.

2 comments:

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  2. Vampires is not at all like in the movies or books. Sure, I understand. You are young you have the whole world open to you. You can be anything that you choose if you apply yourself and try hard to work toward that goal. But being a Vampire is not what it seems like. It’s a life full of good, and amazing things. We are as human as you are.. It’s not what you are that counts, But how you choose to be. Do you want a life full of interesting things? Do you want to have power and influence over others? To be charming and desirable? To have wealth, health, and longevity, I can help you solve any problem you are having
    (1) If you want your ex back.
    (2) If you want to stop having bad dreams.
    (3) You want to be promoted in your office.
    (4) You want women/men to run after you.
    (5) If you want a child.
    (6) You want to be rich.
    (7) You want to tie your husband/wife to be yours forever.
    (8) If you need financial assistance.
    (9) If you want to stop your divorce.
    (10 If you want to divorce your husband.
    (11) If you want your wishes to be granted.
    contact the Vampires Lord on his Email: Richvampirekindom@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete