How to Start a Story

Watch an extract from the first 5 minutes of the first episode of the hit show Friday Night Lights. It’s a great example of how, in a super short space of time, they have established our main heroes as people we already understand. We can pick up their unique vibe, their unique way of talking, their thoughts and feelings towards each other, what they care about (or don’t) and we have a good glimpse at the individual strengths and weaknesses that make each person who they are.

I believe that front loading your story with character establishment is absolutely vital to get your audience to give a damn about what happens for the next hour or two.

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