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5 Guidelines For Better Story Writing

Guidelines For Better Story Writing

 5 Guidelines For Better Story Writing

“Writing isn’t easy, and writing a good story is even harder”

A short story conserves characters and scenes, ordinarily by concentrating on only one conflict, and drives towards a sudden, unforeseen revelation. Go simple on the piece and chatty back-story — your reader doesn’t have to know everything that you know about your characters.


A novel can take an additionally wandering way, yet should in any case begin with a scene that sets the tone for the entire book. A powerful short story (or poem) does not just record or express the writer’s emotions; rather, it creates feelings within the readers.


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What I know About Story Writing

Since I started my blog last year, I’ve been trying to fully understand how to write a good story. I’ve read blog posts on writing, asked fellow writers and, of course, written stories myself.

There are Certain Keys To Writing a story. You should totally check it out.

Guidelines For Better Story Writing

1. Write In One Sitting 

Write the first draft of your story in as short a period as could be allowed. In case you’re writing a short story, attempt to write it in one sitting. In case you’re writing a novel, attempt to write it in one season (three months).

Try not to stress excessively over plotting or outlining out in advance. You can do that once you know you have a story to tell in any case. Your first draft is a discovery procedure. After which it would experience re-writes before achieving perfection. Actually there’s no perfect story though.

2. Build up Your Protagonist 

Stories are about protagonists, and on the off chance that you don’t have a good protagonists, you won’t have a good story. The basic element for each protagonist is that they should decide.
Victor Frankl stated, “An individual is a choosing being.” Your protagonist must make adecision to get himself into whatever wreckage he gets into in your story, and in like manner, he must get to an emergency point and choose to get himself out of the chaos.

To additionally build up your protagonist, utilize other character models like the protagonist nemesis, or a best friend character that uncovers the protagonist milder side..

3. Create Suspense and Drama

To create suspense, set up a dramatic question. A dramatic question is something like, “Is he going to make it?” or, “Is he going to get the love of his life?”
By putting your protagonist’s fate in doubt, you make the reader ask, What happens next?


Note: To do this well, you need to carefully restrict the flow of information to the reader. Nothing destroys drama like over-sharing.

4.  Show Scenes, Don’t Tell

Honestly, the saying “show, don’t tell” is overused. However, when placed next to the step above, it becomes very effective. When something interesting happens in your story that changes the fate of your character, don’t tell us about it. Show the scene! By description.

Your readers have a right to see the best parts of the story play out in front of them. Show the interesting parts of your story, and tell the rest.

5. Write Good Dialogue

Good dialogue comes from two things: intimate knowledge of your characters and lots of rewriting. Each character must have a unique voice, and to make sure your characters all sound different, read each character’s dialogue and ask yourself, “Does this sound like my character?”
If your answer is no, then you have some rewriting to do. Also, with your speaker tags, try not to use anything but“ he said” and “she said.”

Speaker tags like “he exclaimed,” “she announced,” and “he spoke vehemently” are distracting and unnecessary.
The occasional “he asked” is fine, though.

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About Praise

Praise Osawaru is a writer, (performance) poet, content developer and entrepreneur-in-training. His works have appeared/forthcoming in African Writer, Black Youth, Kreative Diadem, Ngiga Review, Nantygreens, SprinNG, Praxis Magazine and Writers Space Africa. He was longlisted for African Writers Award 2019 and Shortlisted for The Zi Prize 2019. He enjoys reading books, listening to good music, and binge-watching series on Netflix when he isn't over-worrying about University life. Say hello on Instagram/Twitter: @wordsmithpraise

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