Okay, so writing. Something you are interested in? Well,
lets get to grips with just some of the basics of great writing. These tips
will transform your attitude from "How can I fill this page?" into "How can
I fill this page with good quality writing?"
Part One: Initial Idea
Why is it that finding an idea can be so hard?
Why does everyone else have the power to come up with amazing ideas, and what
are you left with? Nothing... Well, to you, that may be what it seems
like, but I'm sure if you dig deep enough, you don't really lack in
ideas, you just have a hard time bringing them to the surface. Here
are some ways to bring out that buried inspiration:
- Base some ideas on real life events
- Its probably the easiest way to write, you may have experienced what you are
writing about, this helps the mind describe the situation, it also makes it
sound much more realistic.
- Use inspiration from other pieces of writing
- It's certainly not cheating if you take inspiration from things you have
- Combine Ideas
- Lots of the time, you will have ideas that don't fit into any stories,
if you combine them, it will make your job much easier!
- Every Idea Is Great
- No matter what your idea is, never disregard it, you might want
use it in the future.
Part Two: Story Essentials
Every story needs essential basics.
Rules that you need to go by to create a great piece of
writing. These are just some of them:
- A character you can relate to.
- A gripping plot that will keep your readers wanting more!
- A problem/ object in the way of completing his/her goal.
- What you write has to be relevant to the story.
Part Three: Characters
Characters are always an important element of a story, without them, any story would be pretty tedious. Your character could be anything, whether it's a human or the wind. A character is a character and any character needs a lot of patience and maintenance to keep it up to scratch.
First of all, you have to build up your main character. These are some elements of your character that you need to consider:
- You need your main character to be someone your readers can relate too.
- You need to have a character that has the power to get past whatever the object in the story is, there is more tention in the story if the character does not know that they the withhold the the power.
- Flawless heroes are boring. Enough said. Now we need to focus on our sideline characters (the ones that aren't centre stage). There are often four different types of characters:
- The Villain: the bad guy that gets in the way of your main character reaching/ achieving their goal.
- The Joker: You need a character to lighten things up in your story, bring life to it and make sure it never gets tedious.
- The Wise One: You also need a wise person in your story, someone that is a mentor to your main character and helps them along the way.
- The Ally: The allies are the characters on your side, like a companion almost.
The Beginning, The Middle, The End...How many times have you heard people telling you that every story needs a good beginning, middle and end. I have heard that saying so many times, and in my experience, it isn't always the way it works.
What I mean is, its good enough to write a beginning a middle and an end, but if there are no events, no action, then there is really no story whatsoever! That's why I follow this simple rule:
Goal, Conflict, Resolution.
-Your character sets a goal.
-Something gets in the way of your character reaching its goal.
-Your character finds their way out of the conflict and reaches the goal.