You’ve got the story and you think it will be a bestseller. But you should of course understand that just keeping it in your head won’t sell you any books. Bestselling books are written down and published. And if you didn’t know those two things, then you just hit the first bummer of your writing career.
Don’t fret though because below is a list of the things that will get you started in writing a story.
- You already have the story, but somehow it’s still jumbled up in your mind. Try to organize it at least so you can have the basic structure of the story. Questions like how the story will begin, move forward and end are good questions to ask yourself at this point.
- Stories are boring without the characters so begin drawing your characters starting with the protagonists. Their personalities shouldn’t be one-dimensional. A conflict within a character is as good as the conflict that he/she encounters in the story.
- Where does the story occur? Your characters aren’t merely floating in space; they must at least have a space to move around in and a place where the story happens. It helps draw out your readers’ imagination.
- A story is boring without a conflict. As they say, Superman would have been useless if there was no Lex Luthor for the hero to fight. The same goes with your story. Try to come up with a problem that your main character will have to face and to overcome.
- Finally, try to come up with a resolution to your main character’s problem. It doesn’t have to be a happy ending, but be sure to grip your readers on this part.
- As always, you should edit your work. Keep track of the continuity of the story. Also be in the lookout for loopholes in your story.
How to Write a Story