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Story Writing

Story Writing Tips and Samples for Students and Writers is a truly helpful page for students, teachers and writers alike. Prepared by author Biju John, this page delves into the unknown areas of fiction writing. Follow patiently and carefully so that you will not miss any relevant detail. All the best!

This page contains sample stories, guidelines & instructions, tense choice and finally, questions. There are 12 steps to mature your story writing skills.

Step 1 – Planning

The first and foremost step to writing a story, short story or novel, is planning.

  1. What are you going to write?
  2. How many characters are there?
  3. Where does this story happen?
  4. Is it a present day story or an old story?
  5. Will the reader like it?

Structure of the Story

  1. Setting: It is a description of where and when the story takes place. What role does setting play in this story?
  2. Characterization: In short stories there are usually fewer characters compared to a novel. We get to know about the characters through his/her words, actions, Reactions, feelings, thoughts and movements.
  3. Plot and structure: The plot is usually centred around one experience.
  4. Narrator and point of view: The narrator is the person telling the story. By point of view we mean through whose eyes the story is being told. Short stories tend to be told through one character’s point of view.
  5. Conflict: In a short story there is one main struggle. It could be internal/external.
  6. Climax: It is the turning point where events take a major turn as the story reaches its conclusion.
  7. Theme – is the main message
  8. Style: The writer’s style is seen in language, vocabulary and tone. The style conveys the writer’s attitude towards the theme

Styling – Simple Story

  1. We need a character. An animal, a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, etc.
    Samba was walking down the road. (Introducing the main character. Remember, the reader has no idea who Samba is!)
  2. Describe the lead character.
    He wore an expression of extreme disappointment. (Describing the character) He was sad and his pace was slow. He looked back after every step and in his eyes rippled mortal fear.
  3. Clash
    Samba was about to sit and rest when he saw his enemy Moonga flooding towards him. (Flooding indicates that Moonga was something very huge)
  4. Ending
    Finally Samba felt safe at home. He didn’t tell his father anything about what had happened with him.

Format of a Simple Story

Title Alice In Wonderland
Opening “Morning. Alice was wondering what she should do for that day. Her brother Nick was gone to Edinburrow with their father. The morning was bright and sunny and she thought and thought…”
Turning Point “Suddenly she heard a low cry from the garden. Alice sprang up, gathered her long skirt and ran to the direction of the garden….”
Climax/
Anti-climax
“Most unexpected!” said a neighbor. “Why did the crazy girl try to rescue the lion’s cub?”

“Definitely she is crazy!” said another neighbor. “This will serve a lesson for all our children.”

Ingredients for a Story

  • Figures of speech such as simile – The reader understands better
  • Suspense – That holds the reader’s breath. The push!
  • Adjectives and Adverbs – Nothing describes better
Characters
  • Lead characters
    • Protagonist – Positive/good character
    • Antagonist – Negative/villain character.
  • Introduce each character (appearance)
  • Attribute a special quality for each character.
  • Adjectives for human character.
Places
  • Describe each place as it appears in the story. Maybe just a line but do not leave description for another time.
  • Adjectives for places.

NB : Dialogues make the story spicy but it is greatly advisable that you avoid too many dialogues. Reason – you will struggle to complete the story in time, especially in exams.

Next – Step 2 Opening

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