Personally, I’m a fan of getting right into the action (ish)
I don’t do the “hey this is me” or “A girl sat in her house”
I actually use waking up a lot lol, but I’m working on it XD
My stories usually start with something really mundane in tone but also unusual in setting. A child leaning on prison bars, waiting for something. An old lady standing on a cliff ledge. A traveler struggling through a storm. Stuff like that.
Here are two samples from my own first paragraphs at the start of chapters
Whatever the figure had done to me, I didn’t dream once during my time in sleep’s respite. I wanted nothing more than to return to that soft darkness as the day woke me, but the light was persistent, and sleep was weak. Soon after, my eyes opened, pain flaring afresh in my wounds. I shivered as the damp, cold earth bit through my thin shirt, before struggling into a sitting position. It was easier than it had been when I first woke in my cell, needless to say, however the pain that accompanied the action removed all of my warm and fuzzy feelings - not that there were many.
I’m not quite sure what happened, or how it did. I only know that something did happen, and I had no control over it. How could I, when I received no warning or sign? Or are these just things I tell myself. Things I say to stave off the guilt that would haunt me for the rest of my life. Guilt that will never leave, no matter how far I run. It’s funny how things work.
- What about you guys?
- Could you give an example of a story/chapter opener you’ve completed?
- Do you have any tips for starting chapters or stories?