Everyone has a story to tell. Learning to craft the beginning, middle and end of a story can be a time consuming and challenging task. By mapping out the story in advance with an outline, then focusing on the purpose of each section, you'll be well on the way to crafting an engaging, interesting and thought provoking story.
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Complete an outline of your story. Although not all writers start a story by writing an outline, it is a good idea to help keep you on track and ensure you don't leave out any important information. Outline your main characters (including the antagonist) and their motivations. Note the main events and conflicts. Explain how these conflicts will be resolved.Consider point of view, or from what perspective your story will be told. If you are artistically inclined you can sketch out the main characters, events and a rough plot on paper.
Introduce the main character in the beginning. Set the mood and the scene using rich description. It is essential that your first sentence engages the reader and gives him the motivation to continue reading your story. The beginning can also include other characters, although try not to introduce too many early on so as to not confuse your reader. Show the reader, don't tell them what is happening.
Write the climax,or turning point of your story. This is the middle of the story, and is the point at which your main character encounters a serious problem or obstacle that needs to be overcome or resolved in the conclusion. Make this problem a surprise to the reader and one that is difficult to solve. A good idea is to create a twist your reader didn't see coming.
Tie up all of the loose ends in the end, and answer the questions raised in the beginning and middle. By the end of the story, your main character should be changed or develop in some way.
The last sentence in your story is just as important as your first. Make it satisfying and thought-provoking, and your readers will carry the story with them long after they've finished reading it.
Tips and warnings
- Using dialogue is a good way to break up description and effectively convey a character and her motivations.
- Have fun. Writing a story can be difficult, but it is also a very rewarding experience.
- Consider the time of the day you are most creative and can spare some uninterrupted writing time. Dedicate this time each day to writing.
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