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Key steps to writing an exceptional story

Many writers face the problem of developing a story and not just any story but an exquisite story.
I once met a poet who wanted to learn how to write a story. She was so great at poetry but couldn’t create an imaginary story.  I then realized that this is the challenge many writers face.

Firstly you should understand what a story is, “A sequence of real or fictional causal events; or an account of an occurrence.

I do tell fellow writers that a story is just a fictional tale scribbled from one’s imagination or it could be based on a true story but a tweaked version, whichever way.

The following are the steps to be taken be for writing a story:

=> Derivation of a Plot: Plot refers to the sequence of events inside a story which affect other events through the principle of “cause and effect”. A plot is a summary of the story, stating certain crucial events. How does one derive a plot?

For example;
I met a girl, and during our conversation she told me she’s asthmatic. I was touched, immediately something struck me (I saw a plot). I took permission to use her as a character in my story and she agreed.

There are various plot surrounding us, you just have to attentive enough.
And if that doesn’t work, you create a plot yourself.  By doing so, you create a picture in your mind of how you want the story to begin till the way you want it to end. Having done so, you draft out your plot.

=> Selection of Characters and Roles: Having drafted out the plot, you need characters in your story surely. A character is a being involved in the action of a story.

For example,
I’m writing about a girl who suffers from chronic asthma. She’s the main character but there are other individuals in the story that are relevant to its essence. Probably; Her mother, Her Best friend who helps her in time of need, etc.

=> Draft out the structure of the story: Having noted down the character, the next thing is to draft out the series of events occurring in the story in sequential order. This helps in writing an orderly story.

=> Write Your Story: Having done the aforementioned, the next thing is to write your Story, creating fictional scenes and expanding your plot. You could decide to write in Chapters or better still write a short story.

From my perspective, these are the crucial aspects that are required in writing an exceptional story that’s keep your audience captivated.

At this point, I bid you farewell.
Do leave your thoughts in the comment section.

Written by:
Praise Osawaru (Wordsmithpraise)
Edited by:
Damilare Stark

About Praise

Praise Osawaru is a poet and writer of fiction and creative nonfiction. He's also a blogger and content developer. Follow him on Instagram/FB/Twitter @wordsmithpraise

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