for those writers....

United States
January 16, 2007 4:05pm CST
i am currently writing a book and i am struggling with the same problem i have in every other story i have tried to write. i cant seem to write the beginning of it. i can write other sections of the book, but i am not able to do the begining! its very fustrating. do you know some way to fix this? are you yourself facing the same, or similar problem? any advice would be good.
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@Angelwriter (1955)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Have you written the other sections yet? You should write the parts you can write, and it's possible that the beginning will be easier once you have something concrete to connect it to. Also, could you be putting pressure on yourself to write a great opening? That might be affecting you. You should write anything that connects with the story, even if it doesn't seem very good. Once you have something to work with, it might be easier to fix it and make it better, rather than looking at the blank page.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
yes, i have written several sections but none are really linked to a certain area, some could be closer or further to the begining of the book. and yea have have put so much pressure on the start of it, and then i try to ease off it, but i get no where. i have had so many starts and all but i never like them and you would not believe how many times it was changed. always completely different.
• Canada
16 Jan 07
Perhaps start with a current situation, then flash back to the point where YOU began, and tell the story from there, coming back to the current time and place near the end, in order to wrap things up neatly.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
thans for your help, but i have never been a fan of flash backs, they always cause confusion and such.
@maru_047in (1007)
• India
17 Jan 07
Ya now adays the people are looking for a story which is different from everything so u can select a real time story and u can handle that in suspense such that it ll thrilling and good to know for the future what happens and u can always ask for the opinion in the book itself such that the readers ll b enthusiastic and they ll tell u what to do.
@aroraasr (428)
• India
17 Jan 07
Even I face the same problem and what I do is write the other sections of the story and while writing only the intro strikes to me automatically and I switch over to write introduction. So start writing and the intro will automatically comes to your mind.
• United States
17 Jan 07
My advice is that the more you stab at it, the less it is going to become alive. just cntinue writing the rest of your book. I believe it will just come to you when you least expect it: in the shower, playing a game, etc. Since you seem to have so much energy with the other chapters of oyur story, iwould focus on that. hope that helps.
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@vivasuzi (4127)
• United States
17 Jan 07
Perhaps you don't NEED a beginning. I've read many stories where it just starts, right in the middle of the action, and then as the story goes on you learn more about the characters. Maybe you are having a hard time coming up with a beginning b/c you are trying to force something that's not there. Don't force it, it will look and sound forced if you do. Just write what works!
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• United States
17 Jan 07
i dont have any advice, but i find it odd that you cant tink f a begining of a story.thinkof what you want towrite about and if it works well the beginning should start writing itself. my problem is the ending i never know how to writ an ending i have at least 4 srories that dont yet have endings
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@rajikoshy (741)
• India
17 Jan 07
i can help, you need to Analise the type of writing, the first chapter need to address the reader, make it interesting..
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• United States
18 Jan 07
Sometimes the best idea is to write the end. Or the second chapter or whatever. Once you start putting words on paper it often becomes easier to think about how your characters got to that point in the first place. My problem is just the opposite. I spend so much time trying to get the beginning right that I haven't been able to move on and finish the book. Let me know if you have any suggestions that I can use :) Thanks!
@Elaeblue (144)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I have had that problem before and think the easiest way to deal with it is to go ahead and start where you want. Write as much as you can. Then later you can put it in order. Write several variations on the beginning and pick the one you like best.
@Bee1955 (3885)
• United States
17 Jan 07
You have classic writer's block, but you let it get to you and now you've gotten yourself to panic everytime you have to do a preface in your book. Re;ax. it happens to all us writers and I always ger a cup of tea, put on soothing music, put my feet up and let myself drift away from the book for awhile. Sometimes the answer will come to you as you do this! It has to me...
• India
17 Jan 07
Every writers suffering this same starting problem.I'm also a writer,but starting only some difficult.
• United States
17 Jan 07
Actually most writers that I know don't start with tthe beginning. It flows better if you have already developed the characters or subject matter and then back track. It gives you a better idea of where to lead your audience. Just a suggestion
@ESKARENA1 (18298)
17 Jan 07
thoughout my academic career this problem has bothered me and i honestly dont have a definitive answer, all i can say is what I do. I think searching for the first lines is like trying to catch the illusive butterfly, the harder you try the more it eludes you. However, if you meditate or just plain relax, i find the inspiration comes to you. You are obviously are aware of your talents so it really is just a case of relaxing and letting it happen good luck keep on posting
@dsunny (999)
• India
17 Jan 07
you better refer to some books written by famous authors and probably you may get an idea about it.
• United States
17 Jan 07
i understand what you are talking about..i am currently trying to write a book as my life goes on, but sometimes i catch myself focusing on more important facts and get stuck on the topic for pages and pages...so i guess i could understand where you are coming from...see my life has been a crazy roller coaster ride and im pretty sure that people would be very interested as they read on, but my problem is towards the end...i have about 130 pages as of right now and its like a brain fart.lol. good luck hope you figure it out soon! eric
@zimmie (41)
• Canada
17 Jan 07
Well, I must say that I have had the same problem. I like to get a few pointers from some of the great "how to write" help books out there. Don't worry :P This isn't considered cheating as a writer. It's just a great stepping stone. Check out local bookstores & you're bound to find something to help.
@akumei1269 (1750)
• India
17 Jan 07
I am not a writer , yet I want to respond . From my observation of the good story writers , I may suggest you that you should not bother much about how to start . The portion that you are able to write can be the start of the story . This will need some deep and repeated reading of those portion which will show you the twist . This is not my direct experience but some advice one of my good writer freind gave me .
@allen123 (76)
• United States
17 Jan 07
i know it sounds funny but, put the begining in the end. i write and im in the middle of a book, it's not a novel or anything thats not my style.its just an idea why do the same old rotine? twist the mind with it!
@mjgarcia (725)
• United States
17 Jan 07
Most of the time its suggested to start right before the problems start. That way you have a brief moment of seeing the character in a normal everyday life. Then you can see the contrast as things start to happen. That way the reader can feel like the rug is being pulled out from under them. Sometimes I write everything else that I know I need and then go back and fill in. I have changed beginnings before because after I was finished with the rest, I saw a way to start a normal day with things pointing to change for the character. Just keep at it, it will fall into place.