How to Start a Good Story

Two Methods:Writing HelpStarting Your Own Story

So you want to start the beginning of a good story? It's a very good activity to get involved in. I'm sure you will have other stories in mind if you are thinking about starting your very own story. As you should know, there are different genres to a story such as action, drama, comedy, brain teasers, romance, fantasy, and biographies. You can make up your own world by starting a story. This is what you will need to know to do so.

Writing Help

Sample Writing Exercises

Sample Fictional Character Description

Novel Genre List

Starting Your Own Story

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    Be familiar with your punctuations and writing format. It would be a good idea to start a rough draft to begin with so you can get all your ideas scribbled down so none of your ideas slip away from you. That will help with your organization when you start to write.
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    Get a notebook or journal. Write down what your inspirations are and keep a journal of your thoughts. It will help you get to where you are used to writing all the time.
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    Find out what genre of writing you like. This will help you decide what you want to do your story on. Whether it's action, drama, romance, fantasy, biographies, or nonfiction, I'm sure you will find the right genre for you.
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    Keep your journal and a pencil with you. Something happens or you think of something that could play apart in your story but you can't write it down. This is why you should carry a journal and pencil with you. That will help you get more material for the start of your story when you begin to write it.
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    Know your characters. Every story needs a plot and characters as well as the main character. This is where your imagination plays a part. You need structure after you do your rough draft and creating your characters in the beginning will let you know what direction to go in.
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    It's always best not to try too hard. Let the story write itself. If you start to stress over it, walk away and cool off. If you write when you're stuck or upset, it could vary the outcome. Don't get me wrong; some good stories are written with varied emotions but when you first start your story, you want to play it out easy and gradually alter the emotion.
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    Play your story inside your head. Play it like a movie so you can visualize the detail so when you begin to start your story you can describe the detail like you saw it in your head.
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    Gather all of your ideas and drafts. Get your inspirations, creativity, imaginations and scribbled on journal paper and begin to write. Let the words go where they go, remember you can always go back and change it; it's not set in stone, so don't be afraid to take risks. After you start your story and put all your ideas in story format, read it!! After you have conquered the beginning of your story you can add on to it. After you get the hang of that, try to put a little more structure and thought into your story through the rest of it.


  • Take pride in your work, don't be ashamed of it. That could lead you to doubt your writing ability.
  • After writing for a period of long time, develop your own style. Make it your very own.
  • Read a variety of books to pick up on different writing techniques. That could help you figure out the different points of view for narrating. First person ("I"), second person ("you"), and the third person ("he" or "she").
  • Talk with anyone that has experience in writing stories; this will help widen your understanding about it.
  • Listen to inspiring music during, before, or after you write. Whichever one suits you best.
  • Always write what you feel. Remember, if you don't like it when you revise it, you can always change it.
  • Consider keeping a series bible, which contains all of your ideas and main points. That way, everything will be in one place, and you can refer to it if you get lost or can't remember something.


  • Don't start a story over a topic you don't believe in or a topic that you don't know much about. This will only bring you to lose passion for the story and it won't get finished.
  • Once you revise the beginning of your story, don't brag about it. Things can sound good to you but sometimes other people don't see it like that.
  • Be aware of writers block. It makes you unable to come up with writing material. Don't get frustrated, it makes it worse. Simply take a walk or listen to inspiring music before you start again.
  • Never plagiarize! This will end only in you cheating yourself and taking credit for something you didn't write.

Things You'll Need

  • Your imagination
  • Spare time
  • Creativity
  • Background with Reading
  • A journal
  • Pencil/Pen/Laptop

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