Creative Writing: Plot - Lesson 3: Brilliant Beginnings

Updated: Jun 14

Brilliant Beginnings

All good stories need an opening - something to capture the reader's attention and set the scene. The opening introduces the characters and setting.

Choose one of your characters from Lesson 1 or Lesson 2, or think of a new character. Write a story opening that describes them to the reader.


  • What is your character's name?

  • What does your character look like?

  • What should the reader know about them?

  • What are they doing at the start of the story?

It can be exciting to start your story with some action. Use your imagination to continue the story openings below.

Crash! The door opened and _____________________

The footsteps grew louder. The boy turned round and saw __________

Lightning flashed across the sky and __________

When a character speaks out loud, it is called dialogue. This is another good way to open your story.

Choose one of your story ideas from Lesson 1 or 2.

Write a line of dialogue to open your story.

If your story starts with some action, your reader doesn't need to understand exactly what is happening. A mysterious opening will make them want to read on!

Exclamations are sentences that end with an exclamation mark. Could you start with an exclamation?

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