How do you begin a story? (little more info on what I mean in the first comment
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From the beginning and work my way towards the end :meow:
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I begin with the end in mind. 8-)
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I start with pieces and/or ideas - or just one- and bridge them together! :fuzzydemon:
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Fly by the seat of my pants/improv the whole way! :woohoo:
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All of the above, depends on the story. :nuu:
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Some other way! (Shaaaare? :heart: )
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Published: October 5, 2013
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Sad-Adam|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I create characters first then put them into a situation. However, I always know the ending before I begin. Endings make or break a story so it's best to have one before beginning a never ending cycle with no direction. Plus, the ending can always change as you're writing.
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Absolute-Sero|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I create characters first then put them into a situation.
Definitely know that feeling :D  Good characters seem to write themselves!

Though sometimes I don't have even a vague idea of an ending, and as I write the ending fleshes itself out perfectly. Beginnings and endings are a couple of the the hardest parts of storytelling for me, I find if I get an ending in mind I can end up set on it and while I know what's going to happen.. I write myself into a corner. If that makes sense. >_>; -is weird-
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Sad-Adam|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Makes perfect sense. A lot of famous writers were like that. Mark Twain stopped writing Huck Finn for something like 13 weeks I think because he hit a wall and just didn't think he could ever finish it. Now it's a studied piece of literature.
I had a creative writing teacher that said for creative writing you should always just free write and come to an ambiguous conclusion that is interpretational based on the individual that reads it. This goes for contemporary literature though, not so much for genre fiction. Everyone has their own method.
I personally have no idea how people can do the web idea generator and come out with a coherent story. Those webs just look like chaos to me. I like order and writing in order. I think it can be a downfall for me since I often think of parts way at the end and it makes me want to rush to the ending.
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I usually have a beginning and then some ideas of scenes down the lines - I never know the ending. The ending is always hardest for me. There is a saying that writing is like building a boat - anyone can make a prow that parts the water, but making a stern that lets the water go - that's where the craftsmanship lies.
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Absolute-Sero|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I'm somewhat similar, though sometimes beginnings are harder for me because they're hard to make interesting (for me, again). XD I've never heard that saying before, but it seems fitting!
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Ahh, I think the beginnings always hold so much potential! Yeah, I'll have to ask my dad where he heard that saying, maybe he made it up :P
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Mikkhos|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh. Mine was depends on the story. Mostly I start with a general idea and piece it together though I suppose.
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Absolute-Sero|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, it depends on the story for me too but..  I look back and notice usually my stories takes very solid ideas from pieces and work them together - sometimes the beginning and/or end are included.
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Absolute-Sero|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty sure everyone could say 'depends on the story'.. BUT. Let's imagine this is your go-to, most used way of telling a story, or even explaining something if you aren't the storytelling type. 8]
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