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I've been brainstorming on a story I started in High School, but I'm having trouble with how I should begin my story. I've heard before, and I agree with this, that a great introduction will draw the reader in. The story I'm working on is called, "The Legacy of Taqresu and Xxtvee: Sorphyous." It's about a young boy, named Alex, who finds himself thrust from his normal life, and into another solar system filled with intelligent life, war, and mystery.

I can't decide whether I want the story to start with Alex living his life on Earth, or with an event taking place in that other system. If I start with Alex, I don't want to make his normal life sound dull or boring. If I start in the other system, I don't want to completely lose my readers with a bunch of unknown terms. Or should I start the story in another way? I've started a few drafts, but I eventually stopped and lost interest in them.

I'm not a professional writer by any means, and I have no doubt there will be a ton of editing done before I feel like my story's getting anywhere. But I would still like some help brainstorming my project. At the moment, I'm just trying to figure out where and how I should start my story. I will welcome any advice that any of you can provide (as long as it's good and helpful). I'm sure there are a lot of great writers out there on da, which is why I feel like asking here.
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Funinightmare Featured By Owner Edited Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would start on Earth if Alex is the main character in it and honestly the best thing to do is make his life not dull and boring you'll never know unless you get writing. You can still start the story off on this new solar system with a brief introduction and maybe shroud it in some mystery and maybe a leading up to how Alex gets transported there in the first place or if that ruins some mystery you're working on then maybe make the intro and Alex's arrival some kind of clue that is revealed much later. Think like how Lilo and Stitch started with the aliens and the sci fi stuff before going to earth and introducing Lilo as the main character, I wish you luck in this story and hope you get to see it published and hopefully admired by some people.
Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the advice and for wishing me luck. I was thinking about giving the audience a taste of the Sorphyous system before I introduce Alex. I'm still trying to think of how I should introduce Alex as the Protagonist once I get to it in the story. Before his adventures in Sorphyous, he is an orphan in 7th grade. I'm still brainstorming about what I can add to that so that I can still keep my audience. Because if there's anything I've learned about writing, is that you have to consider the reception of the audience.
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September 3, 2015