You might even think of happy stories as dull and predictable. Certainly not as the height of fine literature. There is something about the darker elements of the world that intrigues readers and writers and compels them to explore the horrible happenings in a story. How could a happy story compete with a captivating and enthralling tragedy? This thought process is why it can be rare for an author to stray from the expected dark tale. It can feel like something new and different for the audience to read; a breath of fresh air, so to speak.
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Great authors show us there are many ways to start a story. Watch the summary video on ways to begin stories now, then read discussion of the story beginnings below:. This is a popular way to start a story about a character coming of age or grappling with internal conflict. These novels typically use first person narration. From the first line, the reader gets to know a characterful narrator. Being addressed directly by the narrator creates a sense of closeness and familiarity.
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Last Updated: January 14, References. Stephanie Wong Ken is a writer based in Canada. There are 18 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.
To create this article, volunteer authors worked to edit and improve it over time. This article has been viewed 12, times. Learn more A good story should latch onto a reader like a starving vampire. It should transfix them like a rabbit caught in headlights.