Have you always wanted to write a story? Have you wanted to teach your child how to write a story? Over the next few blog posts, I will give you basic instructions to get your story going. Happy Writing!
Part One: Ideas
People often wonder where writers get their ideas for stories. It takes so many ideas to make a story or a novel! Here's a secret: writers don't think of all those ideas. They steal them! Not really, but they find ideas from many sources and combine them to make an original story.
Part Two: Sketch the "basics" of your story
These are the basics of all stories:
1. Sympathetic character
2. Who faces a problem
3. Character solves problem
Don't get into details, but have an idea of your main character and the conflict.
Part Three: Fill in the details: Character and Conflict
First, build your main character. Here are important traits of a main character:
Then, think about your secondary characters: the main character's friends and enemies. To get you started, I've listed some types of secondary characters, along with famous examples of each.
Conflict -- what makes your story exciting
Use the questions below to get started writing your story:
Sketch out your story:
Who is your main character?
What problem does he get into?
How does he solve the problem?
What do they look like?
What do they like to do?
How old are they?
What he/she says, thinks, feels and dreams
What he/she does or does not do
What others say about him/her and how others react to him/her
Think about the worst thing that could happen to your character