Where do stories start?

With my most recent venture into the written and drawn arts, I’m finding myself torn at ends with decisions on the writing.
The biggest problem I have when writing is where to start the story?
Obviously things begin at the beginning, but sometimes it honestly isn’t the place you feel is best to start.

I enjoy beginnings of stories. I like to see where an author thought was the best place to start a story and how they evolve it from there.

I love getting to points where the author reveals something, that you think is no big deal to the characters.
Then goes back and shows this thing and how it was put into fruition in the first place. In that moment you sit staring at it like “Oh my goodness, I know what happens and I can’t do anything. You are going to do this thing and it will end like this… ”
You know, Dramatic Irony. I love it. I eat it up.
It’s something I always want to put into my works in some regard because I know people get hooked on it like a drug.
Anyway, it brings me to the whole nature of the point. Where do you start writing? Do you start at the beginning? Telling the story of the events as they happen and revealing everything as it comes along? Or do you start somewhere in the middle, revealing things and then going back to explain them to people making them so much more dramatic when you finally understand that the villian hates the hero because he knocked his ice cream out of his hands. Though you go back further to see why the hero did it in the first place. Like it was poisoned. So now you have this viewpoint at first, and then go forward later to see it in a different light.
What about those stories that start at what seems like the end. You know, the death of a character you haven’t yet met. As they explain how it all came to this? Flashing back to the beginning or the middle, or wherever they seem it important to start. At that point you sit through the entire experience waiting for the inevitable. You grow fondly for this character of whom you know will die at some point. You wonder when it will come. Why it will come. For what reason you have to lose this person you grow a deep caring sensation for that could be conditioned as love. Is that weird? Not really.
Where ever a person starts the story it always has it’s ups and downs.

Start at the beginning and you miss a lot of Dramatic Irony moments. But hey, maybe you’re not good at writing that kind of thing. You do get a lot of care put into your characters developments. People start to like them more because they feel like they’ve been with them for the entire journey. The hook for the story seems kind of weak.
Start in the middle and you get Dramatic Irony and you get just a bit of character caring, but not as much as you would get from starting at the beginning. You get kind of the best of both worlds. It does seem to have a better hook. You leave questions along the way such as why are they here? What is going on? Why is this a thing?
Then starting at the end. Can you really do that? I mean you technically go back to start at a different point anyway, but you are giving the readers a viewpoint into the distant future of the story to leave them with this dramatic irony that builds up and builds up. It seems to have all of the ups, and the only down side is everyone knows where it is going. The meta-reading in this point kills some stories. They come to some point where the character could die, but it wouldn’t be the same as the death at the beginning. You would over look it and be like “Oh they’ll make it. Then they will keep going and die somewhere else.” I mean it ruins the narrative a bit. But geez, does it hook a person. You care for the character the whole way through. You know they will eventually die, and you wonder if maybe they will get out of the situation pitched at the beginning. You know it will lead there and you ask, why is it there? What did they do? You see the things building up to said death. Though you know the entire time, they will die eventually.
I don’t know. I’m tired of writing about this. I feel like the start at the end thing is the strongest form, but it just holds that Meta for the reader. That is one thing that turns me off. Also, I don’t know where my story might lead. With that form you could end up writing yourself out of your own ending. Wouldn’t that be awkward?
I think people that write from the beginning can either not know anything about their story, or know everything about and still make a good story out of it.
People who write from the middle either don’t know enough, and want to discover it as they write, or they know just enough to get started. Like they know the beginning, they just don’t know the end. They also want the Dramatic Irony. (Sweet sweet Irony.)
And the people who start at the end obviously know their story from start to finish. Otherwise they hold the potential of messing themselves up as they go through it all.
I don’t know. Opinions?

I’m all out of text.

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Far to long

Long ago in a distant land… Eh… Once upon a time… no…

Look about a year and a half ago I started this blog to keep my mind busy trying to document the journey I was taking through my own nerdy adulthood. It really hasn’t been successful. I mean not by any means I set. I haven’t posted much. I make empty promises I never keep. I do what I always do. Decide to “Devote my time” to a new project and then when a new idea pops up I “put it on the back burner”. I don’t know how many back burners I have but this stove must be huge. Either that or my kitchen is full of dried out and ruined dishes that I would literally have to just start over to get back into them. Most are so old and disgusting, covered in mold and dust, that I don’t even remember what they were supposed to be.
So in this I think it represents a part of the essence of what I see as DisClever. Too big a concept to comprehend devoting time to a singular objective.
I’ve started this process before, and I’ll tell you how it ends. I will post for a month or two, forget one post and end up stopping for another 4-5 months, every day looking at my homepage, as it pops up when I open a web browser, and seeing how forgotten the blog is. My last post was about Ameliorate and the Infinite Dungeon and let me tell you I did actually start on this one and am still working on it.

What happened was a big slap of life. My Pathfinder group fell apart, which left me without a creative source to draw into and out of. My Fiance and I moved into a new house. Her car blew up. (Technically it was just the head gasket, so it is just really expensive to fix.) All in all I have just felt a huge drain on creative juices. I’m trying to get back into it.
I guess I just need time.

Though, I will tell you what has happened to Ameliorate, for those who care.
I wrote the first chapter. I drew several comics. Then reached a wall. I realized “Oh my Deities! Where can I possibly go?” It wasn’t a small hiccup. It was a major thing. A design flaw in the loop of the fabric of my comic. I would have to literally unwrite my mistake and live with it from that point. What I ended with was an idea to just scrap it and start over. Bold move that would mean the undoing of all I’ve done anyway. I just felt it was a better move. I like what I’ve started writing, and hopefully when I decide to start posting it here youw ill too.
When I was writing it beforehand I had started it where the story begins. With Ame and Clark entering the dungeon and doing stuff. The problem with this is I have to establish everything right then. Establish why they are doing this, what is going on, who this person is and what they are dealing with. It is something that needs to be done at some point anyway, but I didn’t have all of it established yet. I was working with stuff I would either ruin it at the beginning or destroy it at the end. So with starting over I am technically using a writing technique that leaves more open room. I am starting in the middle. By doing so I am able to just drop you in with these characters. Let you learn about them. Let them do some things that establish a sense of where they are. Drop hints of things around. Then when the time comes, flashback or do an origin story to tell what happened at the beginning. Doing this allows for a bigger surprise when you read where it all came from. The jokes, the characters, the concept that grew to this point.
If everything goes through correctly, then I should have the first comic, and a new cover page, around… the April 25th. How about that? I will release the cover page on April 25th.
If I forget, then … You can feel really disappointed in me, as I will in myself.
If I somehow bulk up and get the first comic out then too, then Yay! Maybe I can start a pattern and we can get this show on the road.

Anyway, Long story short, or as the kids say TL:DR, I am a lazy person. I will try and get something done that people will want to read or look at, and you can count on it.
Thanks.

Aaron