Every short story, however short it may be, has an approach, a knot, and a final change. It may seem easier than writing a novel since it is a shorter text, but it is precisely the need to be brief that complicates it. Following these 7 steps will help you write a good story.
Do you want to know how to write a story step by step? If you already have your idea, now you just have to put it on paper. Write it down in a notebook (Moleskine is my favorite), in a note pad (like Evernote), or even on a post-it.
You are probably looking forward to writing it from start to finish. It does not matter if it is the idea for your website, your social networks, or your online store, whether it is in the video, in images or just text. Before you sit down to write, it’s important that you shape your idea.
If you want to tell stories in a professional way, forget about that utopian idea of writing only when you feel inspired, thinking that you will sit in front of your computer and manage to finish your great work and that it will be perfect.
And what is a perfect work? It is not the one that everyone will like or that will be able to revolutionize society. It is not even a video that manages to go viral. No, a perfect work is a finished work, complete, without loose fringes.
1 – Choose a topic
Choose a topic and capture a specific scene. A story should be short so you should not tell every detail of the plot. Focus on the scene and work on it. To stay in the reader’s mind, a story must cover a story in no time.
2 – Narrator
It is important that the type of narrator you choose (omniscient, third person) is unique. Do not change registration or you will mislead your readers and the reading will not make sense. The change of narrator is more typical of novels but, in a story, the narrator must always be the same.
3 – Characters
Choose your character or characters and do not hesitate to introduce them. Do not load the story of characters, three at most. And, above all, do not hide details about his personality, age or name, the reader of a story must know from the beginning who intervenes in the scene.
4 – The change
Every story has an introduction, development, and a final change. Without change, there is no account. Something in the scene of the story must change and, for this, something must happen. You do not need to kill anyone, the change can be of any kind, but perceptible to the reader. It is what will surprise and make the story effective.
5 – Clues
To provoke the change in the story, you cannot do it without prior notice. The characters, the scene itself, or the narrator must give some indication of what is going to happen. Of course, you must be subtle, so that the story is not revealed.
6 – Unlocking techniques
The writer always faces moments like the dreaded horror of the blank page. If it happens to you, take it as something natural. To get out of this situation there are very useful unlocking techniques. The simplest and most effective is the ‘I remember’ technique. Remember a story from your childhood, anyone, and write it starting with that phrase, “I remember …”. You will see how, from that story, you will discover thousands of possibilities. There are great stories from famous writers that start like this.
7 – Concealer
Finally, and so that nothing spoils your story, pass it through a spell checker to avoid mistakes and inconsistencies. Take care of the punctuations, accents and other fundamental composition rules to make your story a success