It’s actually a lot harder than I thought it would be.
Not that choosing a topic is all that difficult; life is full of stories if you know how to spot them.
The hard part is starting the story. How in the world to you begin? Quite literally, what are the first words to be used? I struggle with that every time.
My strategy, for the most part, involves just diving in and typing whatever comes to mind. More often than not, I have to go back and edit what I’ve said.
I look for grammatical errors, typos, and duplicate words – that sort of thing. I don’t normally use a thesaurus, relying mainly on my own vocabulary – but once in a while I will check it to see if it comes up with a better word.
Eventually, I have something “good enough” for posting. Not by any means perfect, but good enough.
What are some of your tips for a good story? How do you deal with the opening statement? Do you have any advice for an aspiring writer?