Writing a story can be a great experience, seeing your own little world come to life, but sometimes the art of creativity can be a challenge, so here are top five tips for writing a story.
1. Write a Story in 100 Words.
Micro, flash or nano fiction is a great way to brainstorm story ideas and practice brevity in your writing. Specific word choices, a controlled use of adverbs and adjectives, and simple description can make the difference between a good story and a great one. Writing to a strict word count is good discipline and will tighten up your literary skills.
2. Create a Character Profile.
Characters are the heart and soul of your story. Try writing a story without a character. If it can be done, I have never encountered it, but it might make for an interesting creative exercise, besides this one as indicated below:
Start your story by creating a character profile.
Now start to build your storyworld around that character by answering these seven questions:
What does their world look like?
What is their social status, rich or poor, working class.
Who are their friends? Do they have any friends?
Do they have an enemy, a nemesis?
What is their MDQ (major dramatic question) they are trying to find the answer to? What is their goal?
What is the challenge they are trying to overcome?
Do they have any internal conflicts, do they harbour a dark secret, do they suffer from depression?
3. Make a List of Story Settings.
A setting creates a strong visual for your reader and sets them up for the rest of the narrative. Creating a unique setting can be challenging, so try thinking outside the narrative box.
An ancient city inside the earth
A haunted forest
An alternate universe
A setting from your last holiday
A civilization inside the cracks in the pavement
Inside the broom cupboard
A scene from your favourite novel
4. Write a Story Based on a Dream.
I dream a lot and sometimes my dream-life can be more exciting than my real one. So when I feel that my creative bank has been depleted, I just use one of my dreams and go from there.
So leave a notepad next to your bed and in the morning jot down some details from a dream that you think would make an interesting story.
5. Write a Narrative Based on a Media Story or Your Own Real Life Event.
When we think of the words creative writing we think in the terms of fiction, but the cliché 'truth is stranger than fiction' can also inspire our writing. A lot of what we see or read about in the media world is derived from true events, and our everyday lives can prove to be more riveting, inspiring or shocking than anything that is created in Hollywood.
Watching the daily news can shift from being a boring social practice, a front row seat to an out of control crazy world, to a rich melting pot for creative ideas. You can take an unsolved crime and create your own ending, or take a television personality (change their name of course) and weave a story around them.
These top five tips for writing a story should inspire you, but try brainstorming your own.