Tips on How To Write A Great Story
There are a lot of people out there who are fond of writing – some may use it merely for their leisure, for expressing their innermost thoughts, or for some, to earn a living.
Whatever your purpose in writing, you would, of course, want to stand out from the crowd. You want to create a name in the industry through the materials you have written.
However, how can you make this possible?
To become a great storyteller, you must make people want to read your content. Just like everybody else, however, there will be moments when you find it challenging to achieve this.
You will constantly ask yourself, “How do I write a great story?”
If ever you are in this kind of scenario, then read on. Here are some tips for you to write a great story:
Consider more than the five senses
You can quickly tell the readers what your characters are doing or saying, but if you want to be great, you should be able to tell them a story which will be beyond there mere sight and sound.
- Achieve this is by including your character’s body language in the story you create.
- In this manner, you can create an experience that will make your readers want to read more to understand the characters or the plot better.
Instead of writing: “Michael kissed Anne as if the moment was right, it was something that the two have been waiting for quite some time.”
Write: “With the cold breeze and the evening moonlight, Michael went in to kiss Anne’s lips for the first time. Both of them felt the electricity sparked all over their body; the chemistry was undeniable.”
Nobody cares about being pretty
Some writers refrain themselves from writing topics which do not guarantee acceptance from the public (e.g., incest, racism). If you want to become exceptional in the industry, you should explore diverse topics.
- As a writer, you should not be confined to the issues that the public would want you to write.
- Write what you wish, freely and get your message across to every reader.
In the end, it all boils down to how you convince readers that your content is unique.
You should have a protagonist
Similar to films, every story should have a protagonist. Your protagonist should have excellent decision-making skills. Further:
- The protagonist should be able to get out of the mess in your plot.
- This approach is essential to make a significant story since humans are “decision-makers.”
- Your protagonist could come in roles as the sidekick, the villain or the fool in your story.
Structure your story well
Before writing your story, think what you want your story to be about. Here are tips to get you started:
- Make sure you know what and where to focus, understand what the core is.
- Nobody wants to read a story that is not going anywhere. It will eventually get boring for the readers.
- Your story should not distract or leave rabbit trails to the reader.
- You should excite them and keep them coming back for more.
Unless you are writing a fictional novel, nobody wants to read a story wherein the plot or the character is nowhere near relatable. Whenever writing, consider:
- How the reader would feel or relate to the story. For instance, in the line: “A man killed a lion with his bare hands when he was in the jungle,” Do you think a single man could do this? Will this create a feeling of relatability to your readers?
- Ensure that your context is relatable by reading lines out loud. You should be your own critique and not be afraid to ask yourself, “Can someone do this?” or “Will the character say something like that?”
- Connect your human instincts to your plot and convey a great story for your readers.
Never forget to edit
Most of the professional writers out there use three or more drafts before finalizing a story. If you are still a neophyte in writing, you might need more than three selections, but this should not be a problem. Here’s how the rough draft writing process works:
- The first draft usually has the most number of edits as this is the time that you will read and explore more about your story.
- The second draft is where you can inject significant structural changes in your plot.
- You should be able to finish your story roughly in your third draft.
You can write as many drafts as you want to ensure your pieces are of good quality. As you progress with each selection, try to lessen your edits
Know when to break the rules
There are specific rules in writing. However, if you want to be a great writer, know when and how to break them.
Some editors will require you to follow these rules but if your story needs you to break it, then do it! You have the liberty to create rules that will help tell your story best.
Stray away from detours
If certain characters, settings or themes do not do anything to the goal of your story, then do not include them. As much as possible, you want your story to contain fewer words without compromising the quality. Keep what you think are the most essential.
Your experience can significantly influence your story. Use the existing story that you would take inspiration from, but make sure that 95% of the story you are telling comes from your perspective. Here are some pieces of advice in order to make your story one of a kind:
- Avoid typical story clichés like a plot that tackles about a princess getting captured by the antagonist.
- You might already be telling a story which was published a few years back, but your plot, your characters, and theme should be different for you to stand out.
- Write a story through your own eyes.
Tension and Climax should be present
If a reader is new to the material and the author, there is a tendency that he or she will quickly get bored. He or she may even choose not to go through the entire story. If you want to avoid this, you should consider:
- Including tension which will build up to your climax in your story. These parts of the story are usually the parts which most readers look forward to, especially if it involves a character that he or she is rooting for.
- Igniting the sense of excitement among your readers so they will have the motivation to read your material.
Listen to others’ comments
Once your story has gone through drafts, have someone read it. In this process, try to:
- Ask for their honest comments and identify the weak and high points of the material.
- Use these inputs to know what to edit the next time you come up with your story.
- Encourage them to add twists they wish to be incorporated into the story.
The writing process is never smooth, as there are several things that you should consider. We hope that with all the tips we’ve presented to you, you can ease your way through each of the steps in story writing. Never get tired of giving people stories that are worth sharing. Before you know it, you will be the next star in the writing industry.