Story Starters: A little pain

Use one of the following snippets as a story starter. Obviously edit as appropriate when you go back later; they’re just to get you started:

  • I thought I’d die when the pain shot up from my shoulder through the back of my neck.
  • It was a weird kind of pain, that itched more than it hurt.
  • She clenched both hands around the key in the lock, determined to open the door on her own; pain shot through her overtaxed tendons.

Pain can be a great way to get to know a character. Pain can bring out the best (or worst) in a character. Pain spurs tears, anger, nausea, or quiet determination. Put your fictional character into a painful situation–however difficult that may be–and you’ll really get to know her.


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