TheZot Posted March 30, 2006 Report Share Posted March 30, 2006 Right, so I'm in the beginning-ish bits of writing a short story, and I'm toying with how exactly to start the thing. (This isn't getting in the way of writing the middle and ending bits, since I'm pretty clear on the plot from start to end) The plot is basically one of those 'monster in the basement' things. You know, character goes into basement, finds monster, runs away, comes back with friends and heavy artillery, mayhem and witty dialog occur, story ends. On the one hand, I have this urge to start from where the lead starts into the basement. Set the scene, get the reader into the feel of the place, emphasize the creepy elements, then have the monster leap out and go from there. I've been working on my description lately, and I can really get into the techincal bits and nuances, painting a really good picture of the place and play up the unsettling parts. On the other hand, I'm tempted to skip the heck out of all that and start with something like: William slammed the basement door and leaned against it, panting and trembling with the adrenaline rush. He heard deep, plopping thuds as the thing made its way up the stairs. There was a slow, inexorable quality to the slimy footfalls that made William shudder. He knew the door wouldn't hold. And throw any references to what he was actually doing in the basement when the creature started after him in as flashbacks, offhand back-references, or just ignore 'em entirely. Given that it's more an adventure story than a horror story (hence the artillery and large amount of Stuff That Goes Bang later on) I'm tempted for the second option and skip all the scene-setting, but I'm not sure. Anyone care to weigh in? I realize there's not exactly a lot of information here, so there might not be a way to really judge, but I'm fine with unsupported opinions too. :) Quote Link to comment
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