Here is the last part of "How YOU can Write a Story," the workshop I presented for the younger generation. Please share your thoughts. Do you have certain methods that you use when you write? Do you use an outline?
Start with a bang! Your story's opening scene
- Start with the day that is different -- the day the hero is called to adventure
- Start your story as close to the "big event" as you can
- Show the main character and the problem, or hint at the problem.
Part Six: Write
I don't write until I've planned my character, conflict, scenes, and especially my opening. In your rough draft, just concentrate on getting it all on paper. You can go back and fix things later.
Part Seven: Revise
It's important to correct spelling and grammar mistakes, but first, make sure your story is in good shape. Look at your plan again and make sure that you showed those things in your story. Here are two examples:
Sometimes writers plan a great character, but reread their rough draft and discover they left out important information about the character. Check that you showed the character's problem, strengths, and weaknesses.
Sometimes writers find that important parts of their BIG SCENE were not properly set up earlier in the story. For example, if your character solves a riddle in the big scene, you need to show earlier in the story that your character is good at riddles.
Be sure to read your story several times. Sometimes I leave my story for a day, come back to it, read it again and find new things to improve. Another idea is to read it out loud. Sometimes, dialogue doesn't sound right when read out loud.
I hope these tips help you create wonderful stories! Have fun! Good luck!