Never begin at the beginning #IWSG #amwriting
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Beginnings are always messy for me. I think one thing. It plays out an entirely different plan then I wanted. Don’t you hate it when you want a scene so bad but it just isn’t the right place to start?
Do you make it right? Can you? How do you make a scene right when it feels sort of wrong?
I wish I knew. I’m so insecure this month. I have a myriad of scenes written for this story and it was really fun to create the pieces before the puzzle snapped together. What I struggled with so desperately were the edges of the puzzle. The very beginning if you must, and I wanted this darn gray cat to fit. 🙂
In any case, I’m offering tips today on what I found seemed to help me fit the puzzle together.
Here goes all. Four tips to get into the right first scene.
- Time and place.
My father taught me this one. He always loved books that began with a quick reference and dropped the reader right into the world. Draw the picture. Then add the conflict.
- Emotional Appeal.
This piece has always been my favorite when I watch movies. If I don’t connect in the first scene with someone, and even in the first five minutes, I turn it off. I leave the room. I have to investment in a character and feel something for he or she.
Share the character goal or what they aren’t able to obtain. Give a snapshot of the character and why they want what they want so bad.
Whatever your genre is or the message you want to say, make the opener count. I even read once to let the beginning reflect the way the ending plays out too. This time, I did write the ending first, so that helped me tremendously.
What works for you? Do you ever write the opening scene out in different ways? That’s what happened to me. Then whichever one ignited my writing fury, I went there. I picked that one.
A great resource to check out for additional tips on first scenes.
I did digress from the question this month. I think I’m still trying to find my way as far as publishing is concerned and I hope one day, I’ll figure it all out 😉