Thursday, 25 December 2014

12 days of writing: beginnings

This Christmas, sneak off for twenty minutes to half an hour each day for some lovely, restful creative play with the 12 Days of Writing. If you've just joined in, start your story here. Each day, you get a new prompt to develop it further. (Subscribe to the blog on the top right to get it emailed to you.)

Free-writing for a hooky beginning

From yesterday's post-it-note play, you've already got your first scene lined up - so now just throw caution to the winds and spend about 15 minutes writing it, as fast and freely as you can.

Once you've written a few pages, interrupt yourself gently (it always helps to stop while you know what happens next, even midsentence) and jot down any notes of stuff burbling around your head to be written.

Now, reread what you've written: what's the most thought-provoking, provocative sentence you've got? Could you start with that sentence? Sometimes you find you don't actually need the writing before that sentence: you can just leap in, in media res, and start there. Sometimes you do need the writing before, but you can rejig it around so that it still starts with the most interesting sentence. Whichever you prefer!

Tomorrow we'll play with Characters. If you want to share what you invent, tweet me @WritersGreenHse. I'd love to hear.

For more on exploring and enriching stories, you can download the Story Elements: The Complete Set - only available until the end of 30 December 2014. Find out more, see previews, and download it here.

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