I have a confession to make: I hate first pages.
Typically when I’m writing a paper for school, the introduction paragraph is the last thing I write. This is simply because I hate it so much. I would honestly rather jump into what I actually want to say then spend half a page leading up to what I’m writing about.
Why? There’s something about looking at the first page and not knowing where to begin that overwhelms me. While I love writing stories and creating worlds, making a point to sit down and write the first word of the first sentence for the first page is like nails on a chalkboard. The first page sets the tone for the rest of the story. If I mess that up then what’s the point in continuing?
But that is the point, isn’t it? The first page opens the door of exploration and discovery. Yes, I may do the introduction last. Yes, it may not be perfect. Yes, I will probably mess up on my first draft. Beginnings are hard, but we do them anyways.
There is a certain type of risk involved with beginnings. Beginnings signify the start of something new. Maybe for you beginnings don’t ruffle your feathers; if so, let’s talk sometime. However, for me, beginnings are not easy, but they are worth it. They are worth the uncertainty because somewhere deep down I know something good comes out of beginnings. I believe they help us grow and challenge us to be bold and adventurous. If we live our lives forever scared of the first page, then we will never experience the joy of the story.
I have another confession to make…nope, that’s a lie. First pages still intimidate me, but I’ve found beginnings are worth the uncertainty and risk.