Steps to Writing a StoryHow to write a story
Three-step process for your first story
This is the first page where I have opened a contribution for someone else. This is a thought-provoking play by Tim Wilkinson, who was merciful enough to borrow some of his advices to write to you boys. He studied script and screenplay at the university and completed a number of courses in scriptwriting.
As a freelancer, he relocated to Hollywood and worked with other people. While there, he encountered many great (and not so great) authors who have contributed to shaping his strategies for what you do well, great. One odd error that authors make when they choose to choose to write is when they think they need to begin writing a novel.
You wouldn't begin making a California King-sized duvet if you were just starting to learn how to stitch, just as you wouldn't try a run next week-end if you had begun last night. But I just think you need to get going by evolving your skills and stamina (yes, typing a novel is an exercise in stamina ) before you tackle the animal.
It can be enjoyable, worthwhile and highly gratifying, but I never thought it would be that simple. This means that many new authors have a tendency to immerse themselves in their projects and quickly wipe them out. You' re welcome to join us. If you don't know how to spell, you can't do it. You don't like it? It will help you evolve your own language (probably by initially emulating authors that you like and then grow from there) and keep your mind in what I like to call verbalism.
On my journey I spend most of my readings every night before going to sleep. I' m going to need you to write. and you' re gonna be right. They all do it, and they will all acknowledge that they have a few times when they want to tear their heads out and shout until they loose their soundtrack.
You' ve got to understand the history. I' ve overheard too many new authors say: "I don't have to study the history's texture because it confuses my story" or another line that says that it is too "artistic" to follow the tradition of telling stories. So if you are one of these guys, let me tell you something: you are just like everyone else who thinks you are a whiz, until the minute you realize that your really neat storyline act of twisting or storyline has actually been done (better) by someone before you were ever geboren.
To write is very humiliating if you do it right. Just swallow it and get to know the history. Get a copy of the Robert McKee storyline (it is intended for scriptwriters, but the storyline is also translated into prosa fiction) and On Script by Stephen King. Get that shit out of them.
Well, get a copy of Strunk and White's Elements of Style and memorize it. Also I commend The Little Red by Brandon Royal. However, vocabulary and orthography are only important if you want others to be able to understand your work. I' m sure if you've already begun to write something, you're a little upset because typing seems like a whole bunch of tough, Ionely work.
Look for a good community of authors (many have them, according to where you are) or even on-line. It is the kind of person who plays the author who wants all the "perks" of a novelist - the credit of being able to say that you are a novelist to make an impression on someone at a party, etc. - without really going to write.
Be sure to find an effective write group that will help you make headway. Every novel starts with one thing: an invention. If a juvenile kid were possessed by catching evidence of the huge creature that lives in the nearby sea (side note: Don't be too rash to tell folks such things - you can't copyrighted an ideas, and even if they'd stolen it, their stories would be totally different from yours.
Growers are planting a tale and growing it organic, often from the beginning and then growing it as they work. Designers plan everything in advanced so they know how to construct their work. Begin with a set of 3×5 indexes. Put each sequence on the map in one set.
When you find that you are add more than one or two phrases, rip it and restart. Be worried about the detail when you actually work. Now that you are obsessed with the nitty-gritty, you won't have anything that will interest you when you do. I want you to take down all your sequences like this.
Now, put them out and reread them. You' ll probably find this would be a better one. Now, you begin to type. Now, just keep writing and writing and writing and writing and one of these days it will happen. When enough has elapsed, go back and reread it.
Don't begin transcribing immediately. RTM Be free to keep a notebook at hand, but don't waste more of your precious write than your first one. Now that you've finished rereading it, it's a good idea to re-write it. Begin by closing all the gaps and work down to the smallest detail. When you are convinced that your storyline is as good as it will be, you can correct your vocabulary and orthography.
As soon as you're done, you'll find a buddy of yours who, when asked for the story's feed-back, will only point out your typing errors. Every writer has this one boyfriend, I can assure you of that. He' s your best mate right now. Invite a few trustworthy buddies to give you feedbacks. You still want to do a novel, that's very good.
A last note: Find out what you can comfortably write on and stay with it. I' m using a tool named OmmWriter to write my 500 words a day, then insert it into Scrivener, an astonishing (and cheap) write tool that has its own index system (which I use now instead of the real index cards).