I've found writing advice on how to start a story to be very...general. And, it's not because they are lazy or they just want to look legit. There is a very good reason they are being general (which not many of them actually address). That is, there is no true method for you to write your story. The only thing some experienced writer can do to give advice on how to start a new story is say how they start a new story. I recently started a new story. So let me give me as an example on two ways you can start a new story.
Coming up with character names may seem daunting, but be assured there are various methods you can use to. Also I asked "The Sci-fi & Fantasy Writer's Guild" on Facebook if they struggle with coming up with character names. You are not alone! Poll results inside 😀
A lot of people struggle with being original. "It's been done before." "Some TV show did it before I could do anything with my story." "It's so cliche I hate my writing." It's all been said. Nothing is unique, and you sound like a copycat. So how do you find originality? How do you find something that is so unique not even the billions of people around you have ever thought about? Sounds so daunting...
Since I had to change the name of a fantasy species to be more readable and meaningful, I thought I'd share this with you so you can see how I sometimes come up with a fantasy species name. Sometimes I just sound out the name or look up a word in different languages (like Phoenicopteri was just Latin for flamingo), and sometimes I want the name to carry a certain meaning or two. Depending on what I'm looking for, my method to creating a new name will change. I will only be talking about one instance and how I resolved it.
After you've put yourself through hell and back to finish a story, how do you get back into your groove? You are exhausted and spent. You want to get on to another project, but bummer, you have nothing to work with. You try to write but "Oh! It's awful! It's horrible! I've lost my groove!" Don't fret, here are some remedies that might help you or give you some idea on how to get back into writing.