Hi, I want to start writing but I don't really know where to start.
@pastaaaa-chan Yes, a common problem unfortunately >_< I’ve answered a similar question in the past–you are not alone. Here are my thoughts, hopefully they are helpful:
To begin writing, there are a few basic things every story needs: characters, a setting, and, problems. So those are all good places to start. Who is your character? What problems will he/she face? Where does this take place?
Some ideas for stories seem to pop into writers’ heads all on their own, but most often, writers have to seek out the ideas themselves. When you start looking for ideas, you’ll find them.
Often writers get “stuck” or get “writer’s block” because they haven’t brainstormed enough. Take some time to brainstorm. Sometimes all you need to do is sit down with a paper and start listing ideas. If you feel like they aren’t coming, try looking at your favorite books, t.v. shows, movies, or, if you’re into them, video games. What do you like about them? Was there something in one that inspired you to write? You might want to start there to get inspiration.
For some people, they just need to sit down and start typing. They need to free-write to get ideas. They might need to write something they consider “crap,” and it’s okay, because they are looking for their story. Once they’ve found it, they get to writing it for real.
When writers start on a story, they might get “flashes” of ideas for scenes or characters. Write those down. You don’t have to work chronologically. If there is a romance scene you really want to write, it’s okay to sit down and write it before you’ve even written chapter one. That might help you get started. I prefer to write chronologically, but if I suddenly get a flash of a scene, I’ll write what I can, and it will be really rough. I’ll write it “for real” when I get to that scene.
There are a few other things that might be helpful:
There are basically two methods of writing: “Pantsing” and “Plotting.” Some writers like to just start writing a story without an outline or anything, and they just discover their plot and characters as they go. People who do this are called “discovery writers,” or informally, “pantsers.” Other writers like to have a solid outline before they start a novel. They may even plan out the dialogue and action for a scene before they write it. These are “plotters,” or “planners.” A lot of writers use a hybrid method of both.
If you are a pantser, you might just need to sit down and start writing and see where your story takes you. You might need to write to “find” your starting—you can always cut off the stuff that doesn’t belong. Sit down and just let your ideas flow to get started.
If you’re a plotter, you’ll need to take some time to think about your characters, action, dialogue, setting, and conflict beforehand. You’ll need to take some time to brainstorm.
Remember, whatever method, you can go back and revise and edit your starting.
I don’t know if this applies to you, if not, feel free to ignore ^_^ but sometimes we feel like we don’t know where to start because we are worried we will be bad, or no one will like or want to read our work. Don’t let these things stop you from exploring what you are interested in. One of the most profound things I’ve realized over the years is that everyone starts at the beginning. Every writer you love started as a beginner. Every story you love once had “crappy” parts. It did. We just don’t see them, usually. There is a myth that writers have to be “born,” but even people with the supposed “natural talent” need to practice, learn the rules, and how to harness and control that talent. Real talent is made out of love, sweat, and persistence.