In the COEXIST method of storywriting, you have chosen your hero, issue (in the step C) and you wrote a one-liner of your story (in the step O). Now what? The story has to start somewhere and sometime. But this somewhere, sometime has to be pivotal that it changes the normal course of life for our hero. This is the essence of what we try to accomplish in E (Eventful start). Let’s take the heroes from some popular movies.
Marlin, Nemo’s dad, gets out his anemone, to look for his son. (Finding Nemo)
Neo, gets out of The Matrix to find the truth about his real world. (The Matrix)
Rose, gets out of her protected life, to experience life in the third class. (Titanic)
Ben, gets out of his human life, to become one of the many aliens. (Ben 10 and the ultimate alien)
“Gets out” is the big event here. So, how do you write the E step for your story? Take any favourite movie. Make the hero step out (or “get out”) of their comfort zone.