That does seem a bit of a silly question, right?
Of course, a story starts at the beginning. Where else would it start?
But where exactly is that? Is it at “Adam and Eve”? Or at “Let there be Light”? Or is it with the creation of the magical artifact that will dominate your story and that happened thousands of years ago?
Here’s what not to do:
I once read a fantasy novel (whose author shall remain nameless, he’s a nice guy) where the main character took a tour of the fantasy word for several chapters before the action even started.
Granted, that might not happen in other genres, but I know it’s not always easy to determine where a story actually takes off.
So where does the story start?
Hint: It’s when the action starts. More about that in the video.
(Sorry about the low quality. I’m working on improving that.)
And if you’re still not sure, that’s okay. You can always change things around, add chapters and edit. But you must start your story somewhere, and then keep going.
Here’s some tapping to help you make that decision.
Even though I really don’t know where to start my story, there is so much to my world, I’m totally okay the way I am, and I now give myself permission to start where the action starts.
Even though I find it so hard to figure out where the beginning is, I’m totally okay the way I am, and I now choose to put the world into the story and not the other way around.
Even though I really worry about finding the right point to start the story, I’m totally okay the way I am, and I now give myself permission to choose the spot where the action starts and feel good about that.
Do you write every day?
How much do you rely in inspiration or the muse?
What happened while you were tapping?
And finally – are you using tapping with your writing?
Please share in a comment.
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