Do you want to write a masterpiece but the question has arisen: how to start a story? If your opening looks like “Long, long ago.” or “Once upon a time there lived.” it will sound similar to a standard beginning for most fairy tales. To stand out, try another phrase such as “there once was a woman.” or something like this. In writing it’s very important to grab the reader attention at a glance, from the first sentence. Initial reactions play a great role and impact on the reader’s intention to read the entire text. Most of the time, you won’t have more chances to attract the audience.
Some writers take the background (origin) of their story for the opening while other storytellers go ahead of time (future) hinting at the plot (or even resolution) of their masterpiece. However, you can start either way. Let’s overview some simple yet working ways to start a powerful essay. They will help you dive into your writing without excessive worry.
Kick-off Strategies to Start Your Storytelling
Using these impressive initial phrases will help your story spill out of you. They play an important role in composing the context and framing your storytelling.
When you want to show your piece in progress and how the main heroes have changed over time, try a “future” vision approach. If you desire to delve deeply into the past and describe what caused the event, it’s better to opt for the “origins” vision. Both strategies will allow your readers to find themselves in your story.
Take a look at three main ways of writing in accordance with these approaches.
Lick Your Future-Vision Story into Proper Shape
Many writers make titanic effort to describe their dream world in an impressive, catchy manner, but sometimes their intention sounds too fantastic to be real. How can you compose a realistic future-vision story that will make people believe in and trust? Try to appeal to readers’ imagination with painting a picture of possibilities, new ideas, and real prospects.
Below are three phrases to use for your opening:
1. “Imagine if .” is an incredibly effective phrase to establish a deep connection with your audience. It makes your reader imagine and believe in the possibility of your story.
Give a glance at the example:
“Imagine if you had three wishes, three hopes, and three dreams, and they all could come true .what would you do?”(Alladin, Disney film, 1992)
Such a start looks fresh, unordinary and differs greatly from usual commercial texts providing firstly a problem and then a solution. People are tired of problems. They don’t want to feel depressed. Your ‘imagine if’ sentence is more similar to an invitation that intrigues and engages. To make your effect long-lasting and powerful, with the next sentence show people that you follow up with them and prove that your world exists. For instance, “Your dream can come true. You just need to set up priorities and believe in yourself .”
You should demonstrate assurance, prove your words, and present evidence if it’s possible.
Your possibility story should consist of the following thesis:
- Imagine if.
- It’s real and I can prove it.
- There are some obstacles you can face.
2. “Here’s what excites me.” is another powerful strategy to start an exciting story. With this phrase, you can easily share your dreams, thoughts, and ideas.
Take a look how it sounds:
Here’s what excites me about how people have become addicted to modern technology and devices.
The more excited you are, the more chances are to engage your audience. Your true emotions can be infective. People should feel the increasing demand for reading your story in order to reach out to the end.
Both phrases invite people and trigger emotions. By provoking an engagement, they serve as a specific bridge between your audience and your story. Try to get people excited about your real, amazing possibility. Promise them something magic.
Below is the origins-oriented story to start an essay.
It’s obvious from the name that an ‘origins’ story explains the root of the event. It offers the reader to penetrate to your past and get to know: who you are, what are your interests, who are your parents, etc. Turning to the past in an emphatic and relevant manner can be anxious and engaging. You need some catchy phrases to help people delve into your origins story without effort. They should talk about your past easily. Like the future vision story, they also have to invite the listener in.
You may use the following good opening:
3. “I remember when.” is a simple yet powerful phrase that provides an interesting, reliable start for your storytelling.
Sarah Peck, a writer and a member of StoryU club, worked at the architecture company prior to turning to the writing world. There she often heard how people liked to memorize different things starting with the phrase, “I remember when.” It was a great way to focus on the rapid changes in the architecture industry and her company as well.
- I remember when we used more primitive tools to shape that.
- I remember when we spent much more time on building such a large construction without using modern technologies.
- If you have worked at a startup, you sure heard something like this: “I remember when we started our business our office was based at your garage.”
The past-related phrase allows a writer to focus the audience attention on how things have originated, to show a sequence of events, cause-effect relationships, and many more. By reminding the reader of the preceding events, it’s possible to display a contrast between the past and the upcoming development. It gives a great chance to show how you’re excited of the new possibilities.
With the origins stories, you create the solid foundation and build a trustworthy rooting for the entire story. Such a frame gives you the possibility to describe your personality from different sides: who you are and where you have come from.
Are these three phrases helpful? Do you have your own catch starting for your vision story? Share your ideas and write your stories easily and with pleasure.