Day 08 – Write Your Opening

Write the opening of your story

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We’re only going to write the opening today, just up until you’ve shown us the character in the midst of dealing with their problem (possibly the way they always have).

Here’s a little video lesson for you:

Don’t try to make this perfect. We’re just creating something that we can build on (and change later!)

Set a timer for 10 minutes and abandon your writing when it ends.

“In the eyes of those who anxiously seek perfection, a work is never truly completed—a word that for them has no sense—but abandoned;”
-Paul Valery

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22 thoughts on “Day 08 – Write Your Opening”

  1. It’s amazing the ripple effect of thinking about my character’s adjective, her desire, where she’s at and where she wants to be turned into 10 minutes of a story! I’m flabbergasted by how seemingly easy this scene came to me. This was great! I haven’t written fiction in awhile now and my heart (and brain and fingers) are itching for more =D

  2. Goodness, this was fun! I’ve taken your challenge in this weekend’s podcast and am doing the catch-up morning now… It was hard to stop at 7 minutes, but boy, I feel good right now!
    “Connor picked at the chipped veneer of the desk and watched the second hand glide through its paces on the ancient station clock at the other end of the hall.
    There were better ways to spend his time, of that he was certain, but there were also worse ways to earn time-and-a-half than sitting at the ticket desk at the end of the line on New Year’s eve.”

  3. I got a draft opening. Some of it is framework (not much detail) to figure at what may need to happen in the beginning to lead up to the main action.

  4. I’m a few days behind but finally got my opening done. It’s a little longer than I intended, but it’s promising, I think. I introduced a major characteristic in the second short passage because I just couldn’t risk letting the idea get away. This challenge is really fantastic, Julie!

  5. It’s not great. But it’s written. Yay!

    And that whole “abandon your writing after 10 minutes” is absolutely foreign. Shouldn’t I keep going? Shouldn’t I revise what I wrote already? Oy! (But I forced myself to stop.)

  6. Well, I did it, but I can tell right now, I will not be starting here. It’ll be one sentence somewhere else in the story. At least, I know that, and I have some important information to use.

  7. I wrote for 10 minutes but not happy with it. The idea is good but my style was clumsy and obvious. Grrrrrrr!

  8. I was several minutes in before I remembered about the timer, so I set it for 7– then when slightly over to finish the thought. So, I hope it didn’t cheat too much, timewise! Anyway, I feel reasonably good about the draft beginning.

  9. I did it! I got called into work unexpectedly today, but I still managed to find 10 minutes to write while on a break. It isn’t pretty, but I also managed to keep writing for the whole 10 minutes without going back to “fix” anything before it even got to the page.

  10. I just finished catching up on all the days, and hopefully I can keep up from now on! Last week was just kind of an off week for me I guess.
    I am excited about my idea, and definitely hoping to build a habit from this, so I am very grateful for this version of the challenge!

  11. I fell of the train – do I go back and do the days I missed?
    Sorry, my plate is pretty full right now, but I really want to do this.

      1. If you want, you could just work on the days that have the assignments to do with the Short Story Framework (brainstorming and writing). The other days are supporting habits that will help you keep going, but they are also designed to be “rest” days, so that if you can’t show up every day you’re not always falling behind, when it comes to constructing your One Story for May.

        Does that make sense?

        1. Let’s see.
          If I read a task and it doesn’t have to do with writing the story or brainstorming, I’ll skip those? Like, Day 3 seems to be for inspiration and for setting reachable goals, so that isn’t technically part of writing the story.
          Do I get it?

  12. Done! It felt so good! I mean, it’s awful, but that is so exciting, cause it’s awful in REAL LIFE, outside of my head, and awful I can work with.

    1. That is SUPER exciting!! Huge step, to get it out of your head, where it is all perfect and potential, and onto the page, where it is imperfect and something you can work on!


  13. Done. I’ve been thinking about this for so long, it’s great to get started, although now I’m not sure where to go with it. What is the next step?

    1. Coming tomorrow.

      I know I’m deliberately pulling back on the reins, because this is an experiment in a slow-and-steady approach that should lead to more sustainably, long term progress.

      I will be really interested in feedback at the end of the process!

  14. I hated stopping! But I can see that it’s important to stop instead of heading into a black hole of research to be sure details are right, when what I need to do instead is figure out what the story is about.

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