Before continuing, let it be known that everything that is written here is my own opinion. I hope we all can mutually learn from different perspectives. Take from this what you will. -J.T. Osborne
Where do we start when thinking out a story. Is it too easy to say from the beginning? In order to start, you must know the ending of your story. As the renown George R.R Martin says, “There are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there’s going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don’t know how many branches it’s going to have, they find out as it grows. And I’m much more a gardener than an architect.”
This quote is just a fundamental basis on finding your authorial identity. Are you the type who needs an extensive outline? Then sit down and find your beginning. Write down your ending and fill in the blank that is your middle.
Being an architectural writer sounds tough. That’s why I consider myself a gardener. I know my ending, and I find a suitable beginning that will allow a set of events to lead up to my chosen ending. Sometimes I have to replant my seed and find a new beginning that allows me to implement the other beginning as a different chapter.
I always give credit to my hand. It’s odd, yes, but when I begin writing, I don’t think. My hand just moves and words appear. I usually never know what my middle is going to be, but it somehow always lines up.
Furthermore, my recommendation for starting a story is to find your identity as a writer and just write. If it’s not any good, start over. Start over as many times as need be, but in the end, your experience and practice will prevail, producing you a story.