Have you ever wondered what it would be like to write a story and people actually enjoy it? Or have you ever wondered what it would be like to be famous in some way, shape or form? Well here's how to get started! (i actually do ALL of this and on wattpad people LOOOVE my stories so don't think I'm giving unexperienced advice)
Step 1: Motivation
If you don't know what you want to write about, go to one of these websites:
Some of these websites give you ideas, and some of the others give you tips to come up with ideas.
Step 2: The Conflict
In every story, there has to be conflict....Whether its man vs self, man vs society, man vs man, or even man vs nature. The conflict has to go with the story, so if you're battling an evil witch with an elf, or fighting evil gremlins for your mom, that would be man vs man, since its man verses another character. Man vs society would be if a little boy is being bullied by his WHOLE school, and can't fight them alone. Man verses self would be if a depressed girl talks to voices in her head and one day they tell her to end herself, or if she wanted to decide to make the decision or refuse it. Man verses nature is one pretty easy one, but most often then not, the author uses personification to make nature a figure or act like a person. Man verses nature would be if a sailor is 'battling' against the ruff seas that growled at him. Be sure to decide what kind of conflict you want before you do your base.
Step 3: Write a Base for Your Story
The first step you should take is trying to figure out what your story will be. Your story will be fiction, and fiction is untrue and made up. An example would be something like: A finds an elf in her house that grants her every wish in exchange for shelter from the witch that's hunting him down, then the witch finds them and they fight her with the power of love, friendship, and magic! Or another example would be: A boy runs away from home and falls in a well that leads to another world full of magic, monsters, and strange creatures, he becomes friends with everyone and has to go back to his world to fight the evil gremlins that have his family. Don't tell all the details, only the big events that you add little details on.
Step 4: Write a List of Your Characters (Optional)
Just so you can stay on top of it, make sure you write a characters list. If you want, you can make a T-chart and separate the good and bad characters, the main from the background characters, and so on. This always helps me that way if I have a certain character that I know will do something important later in the story, I can keep them constantly appearing in the story. This step is optional, but I highly recommend it!
Step 5: Getting Started
Make sure you have paper, pencils/pens, and your character list (If you made one) and your outline/base for your story. Begin writing your beginning. If you are writing a short story, make the beginning as interesting as possible to hook the reader (don't tell them everything)! If you are planning on writing a long story or a chapter book, make sure your beginning as informative as possible, and make sure you give some back story and reason to why the current things are going on. If you are writing on paper, make sure you go through your beginning and make sure your grammar and punctuation are on key. If you are on a computer it will automatically correct it for you with spell check. For a short story be as intriguing as possible and for a chapter book or long story be as detailed as possible. For both stories make sure the reader knows what is going on at all times. For the main characters make sure you introduce them in the first 3 chapters for a chapter book/long story, and in the first page for a short story.
Step 6: Flow With It
You will realize that once you begin writing, everything will come to you. That's one of the best things about writing. The words will flow through you and into the story like butter on toast. So, if it doesn't, and your stumped, take a break. Ease your mind and take a coffee break! Yogi Tea will actually help relax you (I am NOT sponsored by them, XD) and then more ideas for your story will come to you. If your story is coming to you, then that's GREAT!!! Let it flow through you, and you are on your way to a great story
Step 7: You're Almost Done
I"m almost finished with my Instructable, but there are a couple more things that need to be explained before I end this. First is you need to know how to end a page/chapter. You can end it with a cliffhanger (Example: as she fell....deep into the darkness of the sinkhole) or end it with a big BANG! (Example: "I'm-I'm your older brother (your name)....we were separated when you were born). Ending a chapter is one of the most important things because it can leave a reader in tears, hysterical, happy, or angry. How you leave the reader will effect if they want to keep reading your story or not. Ending a story can also leave a reader on the edge of their seat, and can leave them begging for another chapter.
Step 8: How to End Your Story
Sigh... yes its time to end the story. To end a story, you can end it with a cliffhanger (if you are planning on writing another book), and big BANG! or you can leave the audience with a 'woah....' moment. The reader must understand what just happened and what the outcome of the story was, whether its that the protagonist (good guy) won the battle or if the antagonist (bad guy) won. The ending is VERY important because if you have wrote other books, the ending of your book can make the reader decide to either read more of your books or put your books down. Remember to include a little one page biography on yourself to tell the reader about yourself.