How to begin a story? 9 must read tips

by Powell
  1. Start with action or dialogue.
  2. Describe the setting so readers can imagine it.
  3. Give background information that will interest readers.
  4. Introduce yourself to readers in a surprising way.
  5. Ask a Question
  6. Introduce a key character’s name (and how they got it) .
  7. Start with a problem that will grab your readers attention
  8. Introduce a strong narratorial voice. .
  9. Begin with a character doing something unusual or in a difficult situation


  1. I heard a cry echoed in the woods
  2. Sweat swim along his face as his feet beat against the gravel
  3. The phone rang. “Hello,” I said, “Hello.” No one was there.  I hung up. All the lights went out… A loud cry came from the basement
  4. As the lightning struck the tar black sky the power went out.

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