Starting a story can be the hardest part. Even right now I’m stumped as to how to begin my novel. I have no idea what I’m doing. And the thing about beginnings is that when you’re completely stuck with where to open your story, sometimes it comes out all cliche and cringe-worthy.
I’ve had this problem plenty of times (it’s a problem I’m right in the middle of, actually). So here’s a short article from Writer’s Digest that I came across, which goes through a bunch of cliche beginnings to stories. You know, the ones you want to avoid at all costs. The ones you know are cliche, but somehow manage to squeeze themselves out onto the page and then there it is: the first thing your reader gets is a slap in the face with The Pimp-Hand of Dull Writing.
Despite the fact that I’m pretty sure this article is aimed at children’s writing, it’s still valid for most stories, I think. I’ve definitely been guilty of the very first cliche on the list: ‘Waking up’.
Hopefully having read the boring beginnings, I’ll be able to recognise the icky cliches easier, before I start my story with them. And maybe coming up with a proper beginning for my novel won’t be so rocky, because at the moment I’m floatin’ along in the Boring Boat.