A new writer on www.Fantasy-Writers.org had come up with a great story idea. But this person could not decide how to start their story. They reached out for help.
Thanks to my roughly 3+ years of writing experience, I’m now at a point where I can provide useful tips to newbies (apparently, lol).
I started with a suggestion for the opening scene, then ended with the following advice, which could benefit any new writer.
Keep in mind that the beginning you start with doesn’t have to (nor is it likely to be) the same in your very final draft. As you write and learn more about your characters and world, you will figure out ways to rewrite and fix your beginning. However, don’t fall into the trap of continuously re-writing your beginning while not making actual progress in writing your story. If you come up with a good idea for a better opening scene, make notes! Plot that scene in short form. Then you can return to it and edit the short notes, rather than writing a whole new scene.
Only once you’re done should you return to your beginning and rewrite. When you know the ending, you can create a much stronger beginning.
Thanks for reading,
Thomas J. Benedict