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Starting a writing process: 6 Things You Should Remember

One of the most challenging stages that a writer experiences is starting the essay. Always getting the first line of an essay is challenging to most writers. To overcome this challenge, one can read other authors’ work on online writing job and get tips from there. But make sure that your beginning statement is compelling for the reader.

1. Begin in the center

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If you are that writer who has no idea of where to start writing from, you do not need to worry a lot. Always the opening for a book, story, essay, a college paper is essential. But there is no particular rule that says that a writer should always begin from the opening line.

Sometimes your opening line may result in being the line for chapter two, which is ok. And during the process of working on the storyline, you will figure out a way of working backward. 

2. Begin small and develop it

You do not have to create a huge scene like burning expensive sports cars or killing someone at the beginning of the story to get the audience’s attention. Many movies in this have scenes where there is a lot of violent action at the start. It is usually the hook of the movie.

It is hard to live up to hooks. Violent scenes are clear in movies than in the writing world. A free too to the writers is to leave those works to the movies.

It is fine to start small then build up. 

3. Incentivize the readers

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When writing an essay or story, ensure that you incentivize your readers. They are those writers that are 1st paragraph writers than there those who 2nd paragraph writers. Most writers answer questions on the character’s motivation or crucial parts of the plot. But the actual question that writers should answer in the 1st paragraph that readers mostly ask is, “why must I continue reading?” 

4. Title upfront

Whatever title you choose for your story, whether you got it at the end or beginning of the story, will be your north star.

When your story has a placeholder that does not look right, pauses and asks yourself, “why does this placeholder not feel right?” this simple question gives you the directions of where you must be. And it also shows you where you must not go. 

5. Create synopses

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Synopses help the writer to work on the problems of the story and the emotional sections early enough. It gives the writer a roadmap. And to bring it in a practical view, publishers need these synopses. Writers use synopses as a way in which they get words that they will write on the pages. 

6. Writing badly

It is another tip that a writer will look at as useless. You see, a writer may ask himself, “why do I need to write badly when I want to be a professional writer?”

You may have this nice story in your head, and then when you try to write it down, it becomes feeble, plodding, and gray. It may cause you to punish yourself just because you did not write something worthwhile. Hence you waste precious time.

So the tip here is to write anything that comes to mind and polish it up later. 


The most important thing is to have passion for what you are doing.

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