What Are You Waiting For? Start Your Story (Where to begin with your book)

Hello Eagles! Happy Friday!

I love stories. I can fall in love with anyone’s story that is compassionate, meaningful, and relational. This past month, we as a nation, celebrated black history. The heroic history of the African American plight here in these United States has enthralled me since I was a child; I read my grandmother’s Ebony Encyclopedia’s over and over again. Now as an adult, I am often searching out stories of heroism and how people have overcome.
We all have a story to tell; howbeit, fiction or non-fiction. But sometimes we just can’t figure out how to begin. One neat place to start for fiction is with a plot. The parts of a plot include the exposition, rising action, conflict, falling action, and conclusion. All fictional stories follow a plot (all good fictional stories). There is also the protagonist and the antagonist. But for right now, let’s just talk plot. The exposition is an introduction to your story. It will tell your reader who the main character is, any backstory information or pre-plot information, and the setting or where the story takes place. It is wise to intrigue your reader with curiosity in the exposition.
Although non-fiction writing doesn’t follow a plot, it can include an exposition that introduces historical context, facts, and ideas that introduce the book. The most important tool for writing non-fiction is structure and organization. Starting with a thesis will be the rudder that guides a non-fiction story. Each chapter should follow a carefully planned outline that will allow the reader to draw logical sense.
For the next few weeks, I will include writing tips on how to get started with your book or short story. I am also starting a book and will share progress notes in my blog posts from time to time. In the next few blog posts, I will include more about the parts of a plot for fiction, and how to create a great outline for non-fiction.

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