Need help on how to start this story

Question: I am currently trying to write a short story for my english class. I know I want to write the plot around 3 murders during mardi gras. The story is going to be in third person but where do I start the story?


Answer: Start with the first murder.

If this is a thriller, you want to open with a shocking event. The first murder would logically fill that need and establish for the reader what type of story this is.

If the story is to be a murder mystery, you might start with the first body being discovered, or with the detective being called in to look at the scene where the first body was found.

In a short story, you don't have a lot of space, so you might need to introduce your main character or detective right away. Perhaps they witness the murder or find the body?

Best of luck.

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