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.
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?
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.
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.
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Praise Osawaru (Wordsmithpraise)