10 Ways To Start A Story

I wanted to write something about units of measurement, but I don’t know units of measurement. And this is more pertinent to my future behavior.

  1. The birth of a hero – or something with the baby in it. Harry Potter is an example of it, but not when the child is actually born. You can build some mystery with this, but it shows a great future.
  2. The birth of a villain – or an evil force, or a cursed child. It presents the conflict and a dark tone or some tension, it helps when the story will begin with a light tone. (there is more to all of these than what I’m writing here, I’m just trying to be concise. Take my descriptions or uses with a grain of salt and do what you want.)
  3. Villians Plotting – Makes the danger seem more relevant. It also helps with before a light tone, but the audience will expect the shoe to drop a lot sooner. It will cause the audience to look for what’s wrong, so they’ll expect conspiracy. It creates some suspense if done right, but it may not have any effect if you can’t create a sense of danger.
  4. Greater Powers Doing Things – this can be used in conjunction with a different beginning. Like most entries on this list, it can create tension, define characters as necessary, and give hints about future events.
  5. A Day In The Life Of Boring – classic heroes journey beginning, less common nowadays because it is somewhat boring by default, so is used in conjunction with a different beginning, but this is where the story actually starts.
  6. A Day In The Life Of Different – if your focus is on world-building, this can be useful. The main character is foreign, and he lives in an engaging enough environment. So what would be routine is interesting enough for the first section.
  7. A Day In The Life Of Awesome – sometimes, the main character is already awesome, casually doing epic things, make for good interest but if you can’t keep up with the hype than don’t.
  8. Things Be Happening – action, adventure, passing. Start by drawing the audience in, then use an actual beginning to start the story.
  9. Surviving Strange Circumstances – The perspective character is lost confused and knows nothing of the world. As he learns so does the audience.
  10. Here Be Plot – A mission briefing is a good example, it explains the first conflict and it presents a bit of the characters. It’s not greater powers doing things because the characters are the ones planing it. but if the briefing is for a one of mission this is actually just things be happening. (I can’t consider the uses of these at the moment I’ve pettered out. I’ll try tomorrow.)

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