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How to plan a story
Every story, be it a 500-
Simple, isn’t it? Yet I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard or read about people saying things like ‘I’m great at beginning a story but I run out of steam’, or ‘I’ve got a great ending in mind -
Think of where your story takes place. How well do you know this place?
Think of what your main characters will be like -
Think of how long you want your story to be -
Think of the ‘message’ your story will put across. That’s not to say it has to preach, or have a deep philosophical message, but it should leave your reader thinking about what you’ve written and caring about the characters you’ve created. If this is the outcome, you’ve just written a darned good story!
By this time you should have a good idea of what’s going to happen in the beginning, middle and end of your story. You may well have names for your characters and have come to a decision on where and when your story takes place. But do your characters have a life yet? By this, I mean not just a name and a vague sketch of who they are -
So how do I make my characters live? We’ll have a look at that in a short while but first some more ideas about planning.
An element of planning a story that’s not often talked about is the work rate. This may not matter to much for a 1,000-
Now let’s have a look at those people that bring your story to life -
|Character fact sheet|
|Dialogue: some writing hints|
|What goes where|