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Story Starters

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Story Starters

  1. 1. Story Starters © 2004 POWR Supply
  2. 2. You’ve probably been faced with the challenging task of trying to figure out how to start a story. Your teacher probably said to get out your pencil and paper and start writing. But you’ve got one huge problem. You have no idea of how to start your story! Well, stress no more! Try one of these ideas for starting your story…
  3. 3. Story Starter #1: Dialogue • Many writers like to start their story with characters talking. This is a dialogue starter. • Let’s pretend you are writing a story about the time you broke your wrist by falling off your bike. You could start your story like this… Ex: “Hey, Jose,” I said, “check this out! I can ride my bike with no hands!” “You better stop that,” Frankie said, “or you’re going to get hurt!” “No, I won’t, scaredy cat,” I replied.
  4. 4. Story Starter #2: Action • Some writers like to start their story in the thick of the action. This is an action starter. • Let’s pretend you have the same story about your bike and breaking your wrist. You could start it like this… Ex: Bam! My front wheel jagged to the right and I hit the curb with a vengeance. As I tried to maintain control of the bike, my wrist twisted to the left. Crack! I instantly knew that wasn’t a good sound!
  5. 5. Story Starter #3: Flashback • You may decide that you want to start your story with an event from the present, and then jump to the past tense. This is called a flashback starter. • Let’s pretend you have the same story about your bike and breaking your wrist. You could start it like this… Ex: Every time I see the scar on my wrist, I think about that day and what caused the scar. It all began one crisp, sunny day. I was tired of staying cooped up in the house after four days of rain. I was ready to get out there and ride my bike with my best friend, Frankie.
  6. 6. Story Starter #4: Foreshadow • Sometimes you just want to catch your reader’s attention by hinting at what’s going to happen in your story. This is a foreshadow starter. • Let’s pretend you have the same story about your bike and breaking your wrist. You could start it like this… Ex: Riding your bike is probably one of the safest activities that a kid can do, right? Well, apparently not for me!
  7. 7. Story Starter #5: Question • Sometimes you want to start your story by posing a question to your reader. This is a question starter. • Question starters should NOT merely rephrase the writing prompt. Example prompt: Write about an event that you will never forget. Example question starter: Have you ever had an event that you will never forget? • This is a better way to write a question starter… Ex: Have you ever acted so stupid that it resulted in an injury?
  8. 8. Story Starter #6: Statement • Writers often like to start their stories by making a statement or declaring a fact. This is a statement starter. • Let’s pretend you have the same story about your bike and breaking your wrist. You could start it like this… Ex: Bike accidents are the leading cause of children’s visits to the emergency room. Most children come in with either a fracture or a broken bone.

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