HOW TO WRITE A STORY?
PLANNING A NARRATIVE
- Think about this:
- Who? - Main character
- People who help him/her
- What? - A problem, an unexpected event, etc.
- Where? - A description of the scene may be useful.
- When? - Will you need any specific historical information for your story?
- WITH THESE ELEMENTS GIVEN, CAN YOU THINK OF A TITLE? WRITE IT!!
(SOMETIMES YOU CAN’T THINK OF THE APPROPRIATE TITLE TILL THE END; BUT HAVING A PROVISSIONAL ONE MAY BE HELPFUL)
- What’s going on? YOU CAN TELL A STORY IN THE PRESENT TENSE; BUT YOU OFTEN USE THE SIMPLE PAST FOR THIS.
- What are the consequences of this?
- What’s the climax of the story? (CLIMAX: the most important / exciting / moving event before the end).
- How does the main character get over it?
THE PLAN IS THE SKELETON OF THE STORY. IF SOMETHING IS MISSING, NOBODY WILL BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND IT!