Writing a story that everyone wants to read is a dream of every storyteller but there are some basics that can give you tools you can use for your benefits.
As a writer, I know how powerful words are and their place in the sentence has an important role in the perception of the reader and critics. Writing stories and short stories for more than a decade taught me through trial and error what to do and what not to do.
In this post, I am sharing my proven and successful strategies to polish your storytelling and writing skills. Below are those important points on which you can work and make a place in the great writers’ list for the present and coming generations.
Remember that there are two parts of this post the first part is a general one that explains the overall writing and presentation of your story. The second one is a technical one. Here we go;
First: The General part
What is your name? Sure you know your name, but I don’t know your name. Your name will help me memorize you and your interesting behavior for years.
Why because I can only define you as a person if you have a name. Mostly names are unique identities that help us to recognize and identify someone we want to search either online or offline.
The same is the case with titles of stories. It is important to note that if your title is worth mentioning the reader will read it otherwise they will ignore it.
As a creator of a story, you must give awesome, fantastic and interesting titles to your stories so that it can stand out from the rest as a worth reading story. Make sure your title is attractive and mysterious that can attract the attention of your readers.
Taglines are those interesting defining sentences that make a stage for interesting drama with emotions and dialogues. It is mostly a single line that explains to the reader whether they should take time to read it or ignore it totally?
In my experience, and what I have learned from the great writers of ages; taglines are your making or breaking sentences that can attract or repel your audience to further invest money and time on your story or not.
So, make the most outrageous and compelling taglines that your target audience may find interesting to read and share.
Now start writing; yes it is true after having an amazing title and tagline now is the best time to write whatever you are going to write in your story. Never stop writing until and unless you unfinished the first draft of the story. This strategy helped me completed hundreds of short stories.
Perfectionism is the killer of creativity. The raw material and the polished one have a lot of differences but if you don’t have a raw material it is next to useless of polishing. You can polish things when you have a raw material it is impossible without having it in the first place.
Finish before you leave the place
This is my favorite lesson I have learned in a hard way. Finish before you leave the place you have conceived this particular story. Because memory is a weak slave; once an idea is gone it is gone forever.
Psychology of learning and writing say this that whenever an idea crosses your mind there is a very short period you can access through preserving or storing it in your subconscious. The longer it takes the higher chances are that your idea is lost in the undefined territory of the unconscious.
Accessing it needs professional help and that is more time consuming that 90 to 95% people ignore. As a result, the story is lost and you can’t access it. So, it is recommended that you finish before you leave the place.
Second: The technical part
Summarize your ideas
Whenever you want to write your story, summarize your ideas in the concise manner so that you can deliver the message you want to convey through your story. This means everything you are going to say have a brief detail about everything.
Everything include characters, plot summary, and themes of dialogues. The time you summarize now is the time to go through further analysis of your ideas.
Characters follow the summaries. There are two types of characters in any story; main and helping. The main characters are those characters that do and say the main story through dialogues and actions. They have a goal and they want to achieve it at any cost. They have to resolve a conflict to portray their role as main characters.
The helping characters are not as important to the story but they are important to the main characters so that they can achieve what they want to achieve and these characters help them to achieve it.
When you write about all characters the main and the helping ones now is the time to write the details of everything you are going to write. These are generally about hooks, logic, sequence, process, climax, and conclusion. These are the full story guidelines you are going to write.
Remember that writing stories is an art that comes with struggle, time and experience. You can’t expect this in one or two times trying. Continuous exercise can ensure your success with this. Details of some of the important aspects of story writing technically are;
These are attractive tags, phrases or dialogues that are repeatedly used to make an impression on the reader. Just like fish is caught with hooks during fishing with the help of their favorite food. The writer grabs the attention of readers by using words and phrases.
I am not talking about mathematical logic but rather simply I want to say that logic is the natural order of events that say something about characters or the plot or dialogues. Unnecessary wordiness is not recommended in the story.
This means first comes first then second and third. Until and unless it is mysterious or fantasy novel, try to say everything in sequence. First birth, then childhood, boyhood, adolescence, adulthood and then death not the other way around.
You can play with the sequence after mastering the basics well most writers stuck at this stage and stop writing. Avoid being stuck and start with the basic sequence.
After going through all the above-mentioned processes and stages and levels. Now resolve the conflict and end your story with comedy, tragedy or mix of these two themes and let your critics and readers decide how was the story.
So; you have done all the things mentioned in this post? Great!
Congratulations! You have done a great job go and publish it.