I am trying to write a fantasy adventure with different dynamic characters. I have already thought of some of the characters and have a plan for the direction of the story to go but I'm trying to figure out how to start it like the perfect hook to get people to read it or to start a flow of action. Any tips?
Hi! I’d love to help.
You could start with the event that kicks off your conflict. For example, if your conflict is that your antagonist wants to overthrow the royalty and rule the kingdom, you could start with your characters getting news of your antagonist’s first attack on the royalty/the kingdom’s army. Start with the main problem, so that your readers know what to expect from your story – anything else will be extraneous.
You could also start with your characters’ call to action. For example, maybe your characters have heard about attacks against the royalty/the kingdom’s army, but what causes them to take action? Does someone force/talk them into taking action, or do they decide enough is enough and start moving? (Keep in mind that whatever your characters do to start with, they should probably start small – we call it “rising action” for a reason!)
You could also start with a scene or two to introduce a couple of your main characters, and give some info on the background/setting. For example, in Stephen King’s The Stand, many characters from many different places come together, and he follows somewhat of a formula: the first chapter is Character A’s POV; the second is Character A’s and then Character B’s; the third is Character A’s, then Character B’s, then Character C’s; and so on. Depending on how many characters you have and how quickly you want to start the rising action, this might be a good route for you. (Keep in mind, though, that Stephen King had somewhat of an introduction/preface in which the inciting incident – a deadly virus being unleashed from the government laboratory in which it was stored – takes place, and all his character introductions are the union of his characters and that problem – in other words, in chapter one, Character A is introduced to that virus as others around him get sick; in chapter two Character A’s saga continues and the virus is brought into Character B’s world; and so on. So even if you use this method, don’t wait too long to introduce your main conflict.)
I hope this helps! If you need anything else, please feel free to ask! - @authors-haven