My character lives in a war torn country. I'm trying to start this short story with him waking up on his way to school (possibly the bus stop). On his way, he sees graffiti, vandalism (basically thrashed cars and windows), bullet shells, etc. lying around everywhere. I'm writing this in first person and have yet to actually figure out how to put everything together. Any help would be appreciated.
You describe very well what the main character sees.
Next, how do they feel about what they see?
What is new? Old?
What has changed since yesterday/ever? What has not?
Do they wonder Why? Who? When?
How are they connected to the scenes/environment they experience?
Is there anyone else with them; what do they say?
Do they contrast/agree with what the main character experiences?