Sunday, March 17, 2013

END in the beginning

Every good story should have the end in the beginning.... I'm sure you have no idea what I'm talking about, and if you think you do, you probably don't, so keep reading.

This doesn't mean that you need to tell what happens in the end and then flashback to how the character got there. NO. Don't do that for goodness sake. Well, you can, but that's not what I'm trying to say here. Don't get ahead of me. What I AM trying to say, is that In order to write a good opening to a story, you need to introduce a problem that needs to be resolved.

think about it... when you read the first  few chapters of a book, a problem is introduced. You meet a character who is struggling with something that needs to be resolved somehow by the end of the story. Cinderella is an amazing example of this. Cinderella is poor and abused by her stepmother. We would assume that by the end of the story, Cinderella is no longer poor and no longer under the control of her stepmother. Are you starting to get it now????

It's a simple enough and it ALWAYS helps with plot. One of the biggest problems with writing is sometimes we have NO idea where we are going with a story, we're just writing. Creating an END in the Beginning can help your story to have direction. This does not CONFINE you. I promise. But when you write an introduction, set up a problem. That's all you have to do. Keep in mind as you write the story that the problem you introduced needs to be resolved. The entire story SHOULD be about HOW this problem gets resolved. Or HOW the character learned the trait they lacked and are in desperate need of.

Just for a little positive note to end on, I'll leave you with one last example.

In the movie "Brave," Merida and her mother have two opposing viewpoints. As the audience, we assume that by the end of the movie, Merida and her mother with get along and have a better understanding and appreciation for one another.

Okay... that's all from me for now =)

Happy writing

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