How to Write an Introduction to Your Story

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Write the introduction to a story by discussing the story itself or discussing your career and what led to the story being written. Consider why you are writing a story introduction with tips from a writer and playwright in this free video on writing skills.

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Hi, this is Laura Turner. And today we're going to talk about how to write an introduction to your story. Introduction to your story, is like whether it's a play or a short story or a novel. It can be a good way to wet the appetite of the reader, right before they get into your story. So first of all, ask yourself. Why am I writing this introduction? Do I feel compelled to write this because there is something going on in my life, at the time. That I feel, I wish to explain. Or I want to tell the readers, what inspired me to write this story. Why are you writing the intro to your story. Next think about sort of, what you hope this story will instill in the reader. Especially, this is your first story or one of your first novels. Think about that. In A Streetcar Named Desire and this is the 25th anniversary addition. With Marlon Brando on the cover here. Tennessee Williams wrote an essay for the New York Times. That appeared four days before the play opened. An essay called, On a Streetcar Named Success. Which actually becomes an introduction to this addition of A Streetcar Named Desire. In which he wrote about the success he had with play, The Glass Menagerie. So the introduction in this play is actually about a different play. But is a prelude to the new play that he's written. So it's sort of, like before my success. This is how I felt about my career. Now after my success and writing this new play A Streetcar Named Desire. This is how I feel about my career. So you don't necessarily have to write your introduction about the exact work. On which you know, you are putting the introduction into. It can actually be something that's telling the people a little about yourself, in general. And sort of looking on your career. If you, you know, of course, have one at this point. And finally think about giving thanks to whoever helped you throughout the process of writing your book. Or your short story or your play. And remember to give them thanks in this introduction. If that's something that you would like to do. But know that really you can put whatever information you think is necessary. For the readers to know. Before they get into reading your work, in your introduction. So, good luck with it.

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