The words that appear as a written or oral story kicks off are more meaningful. They lay a basis of how the story will flow and end. A good beginning gives the audience what to expect from you thus creates their interest in the story. It as well helps you build on the story. Authors are embarrassed on realizing they began a story wrongly only to get stuck in the middle of writing it. This leads to heavy losses in terms of writing resources, time and effort. In order to make sure you begin well, you need to give undivided attention to the selection of the words with which you open a story. As much as it may be a hard task, you can apply the below guidelines on how you should start a story.
Ensure you create momentum. The principal rule regarding the first lines of a story is that they have portions that build the entire story. An opening line should possess a unique voice, point of view and some clue of characterization. Unless you have a good reason of not revealing, the closure of the beginning paragraph must tell what a story is all about.
You can avoid the urge to begin too early. There exist temptations of starting a story prior to the start of action. The reason we start this way is because we do not allow the story to develop its own momentum. We on the contrary try to force the narrative go our way. Elements including the persona waking up to a challenging day can appear in the flashback.
Do not overtake your readers. Among the probable challenges is starting a narrative with a line that can confuse readers who read only the starting line. Some of the readers who get confused can completely lose the interest of following the story. It can however be a great technique because more information is availed for readers in the remaining texts. Only ensure it make sense to readers with or without knowledge acquired later in the story.
Ensure you give the story a start that seems mysterious. While this has a possibility to lose some readers, presenting a puzzle is much effective especially in instances where the author is as well puzzled. This develops partnership of the reader and the narrator in certain ways. Questions whose answers are not availed can cover the entire narration.
Keep talks minimal. In case you are compelled to start a story with a dialogue, keep in mind that you can possibly lose your readers. A good way to maneuver through is to introduce one dialogue then provide explanations before carrying on with the next dialogues. Sequences of long dialogues as the story starts can be scarcely followed.