Is that a jolly jumbuck you’ve got in your tucker bag, or are you just happy to see me?
Occasionally, mostly in conversation, people ask me how do I actually write a story? Well, the conundrum I generally find myself in is that answering “it generally starts with cider, and it’s all downhill from there; or, I only write crap, stories happen to other people” is not really the answer that particularly helpful to them, especially if they are someone who secretly loves writing, but they have never had the opportunity to talk to someone with similar interests; the question itself is usually the first step outside of their comfort zone. So, as a result of that, below is a couple of tips on things that I have found to be important in writing.
Story building First, give the Main Character (MC) a weakness or flaw. Then, the MC struggles to overcome obstacles that pressure them and their weakness/s, forcing them to change. Lastly, revelation. The MC sees them self and their place in the world clearly for the first time. This is where the win or twist occurs.
Character order for story
- Protagonist – the goody
- Antagonist – the baddy
- Antagonist threatens the protagonist
- Pressure the protagonist
- Antagonist attacks protagonist
- Protagonist stands up to, and beats, the antagonist
- Antagonist reflects on win and gets on with life
Writing a scene. Handwrite the scene in twenty-five words, then add and cluster
- Humour or irony
Write in the moment. Don’t show AND tell, it’s either SHOW or TELL, preferably show though. E.g. – don’t say someone is angry, show that they are and incorporate body language into it. Pressure the character.
Hand write everything first, then type it up. Once typed, have someone read it back to you, it’s this best way of establishing if what you have written makes sense.
So there you go! Click the picture above, and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!
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