When I have a story that needs to be written, I know my outcome. In fact, usually the whole purpose of the tale is to reach this end. My road along the way is hazy, and many characters will introduce themselves to me. When a draft is done, and it is time to edit, it is beginnings that I struggle with.
I am not talking about first sentences, and opening hooks. Rather, where does a story start?
As I was thinking about this today, trying to decide how to re-write the beginning of a short, I realized that I have this problem because I feel there are no true beginnings. It dawned on me that I had to decide where the story should begin to be told, instead of where it actually began.
I noticed that all my stories seem to begin in the middle. There is no pre-amp, no ‘hi, how do you do?’. Then, of course, I began to wonder if there any true endings, but I’ll leave that for another day.
How do you determine where you story should begin?