In an earlier article we talked about how everyone is a natural born storyteller.
This article will help outline some guidelines to follow when creating a story to help your writing.
- You admire a character for failing more than their successes.
- You should keep in mind what is interesting to the audience, and not what is fun as a writer.
- Theme is important. You won’t be able to find a theme until the story is almost over.
- Focus yourself and simplify your characters by combining them.
- What is your character good and comfortable with? What are they bad and challenged with?
- Find your ending before your middle. Think of a maze. You know where it starts and ends, you then work on the middle.
- Finish something. Write a complete first draft even if it’s not perfect. You will have many opportunities to improve the next story.
- Writers block? Make a list of things that would never happen next. This can open doors as to things that can happen next.
- Analyze stories you like. What about them made you enjoy them? Recognize it and use it in your stories.
- Get ideas out of your head and onto something. Share often and early.
- Don’t get stuck with the obvious. Let things surprise you.
- Give your characters strong point of views. Passive characters are likeable to you, but lack connection with an audience.
- Think “Why” you are telling this story. What passion drives you to tell this story?
- Put yourself in the characters shoes, how would you feel and react? Let the honesty drive the narrative.
- Stack the odds against your character. Set them up to fail. Why should we root for this character to prevail?
- Something not working? Let it go and come back to it later.
- Let go of perfection. Storytelling is about testing ideas, not perfecting them.
- Characters who happen to fall into trouble is great, however letting them off the hook without working through it is not.
- Think of a movie you dislike. How would you rearrange it to make it enjoyable?
- What’s the TL;DR / moral of your story? If you know that, you can experiment with getting from the start to end.
Finally, remember the following forumla for creating a story:
Once upton a time there was __. Every day, __. One day __. Because of that, __. Because of that, __. Until finally __. And ever since that day __.