Lesson 2: The Most Important Thing About the Beginning of a Story
Identify keys for story beginnings and common mistakes to avoid.
Fill in the blanks to complete the keys for story beginnings:
1. Introduce a ____________________ we care about.
2. Introduce a ____________________ we want solved.
3. Introduce the ____________________ who are going to make solving that problem _________________________.
Fill in the blanks to complete the mistakes to avoid:
1. Starting way before ______________________________
2. Starting with ______________________________
3. Assuming readers feel __________________________________________________
Complete all three prompts below.
- Identify the problem in your story world. What is causing it? What could fix it?
- Who or what is the opposing “force”? How are they connected with the problem? Give them a name, a power, and a weakness.
- Who is your main character? Why do they care about the problem? Give them a name, a power, and a weakness. Optional: Use Graphic Organizer B to help you.
OPTIONAL – Writing Your Story:
Write an introduction for your main character with a minimum of 50 words. When you finish, ask a trusted friend to read it and give you this feedback:
- Did I give too much backstory? (Do you feel interested in learning more?)
- Did I give too many details? (Do you see a clear and animated picture?)
- Did I lead my reader into this world I’ve created? (Do you feel like you are with me?)