There are as many ways to begin your story as there are ways to procrastinate. Beginning to write your book or screenplay is easier than you think. All you have to do is sit down, get out a sheet of paper, and give yourself permission to write poorly.
It is not an intellectual exercise. Contrary to what you might think, there is nothing to figure out. In fact, beginning your story is about discovery; you can’t know it ahead of time.
To outline is to begin your story.
Same goes for writing a character sketch.
Imagine two characters in relationship to each other.
You are much closer than you think.