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Tips for Story Writing

tips for story writing

Fingers danced across the keyboard, each key pressed adds another word to the story. Bringing imagination to life, the tales of despair and romance. The telling of danger and sacrifice, the fight for the greater good. The storyteller lets their imagination run wild, filling chapter after chapter, closer and closer comes the end of the book until…

Writer’s block.

Ah, the dreaded writers block, one thing any storyteller hates. The one thing standing between us and the completion of a novel or an article. It comes during any stage of writing, beginning, middle or end. I’m here with a few helpful tips to start your story and get over writers block.

Avoid Clichés

The good guys always win. They lived happily ever after. Once upon a time. Good girls tries to fix the “damaged” bad boy. These are all clichés you can find in any teen romance or fairytale. To truly capture a reader’s attention. Give them something they don’t typically expect. Tell them a story from the villain’s point of view, but the villain doesn’t realize he’s the bad guy till the end. Tell us about the little girl who can freely roam through a city controlled by the mafia but is under their protection. Why is she so special? It’s the things we don’t typically look for in a story that gets our attention the fastest.

Show Emotion

 Instead of saying “he was mad” or “he was hurt,” use more descriptive terms. Show us how he’s feeling, for example, “His chest felt as though it was caving in on itself, eyes stinging with tears that were threatening to escape.” Keep it to a max of two sentences though, nobody wants to read a full paragraph of someone’s feelings. Following with that theme, tell us about feelings. Don’t describe being tired, just say “he was tired.”

Do Research

If you’re writing your story in a specific era or theme, do your research. If you’re writing about crime, look up how police searches or investigations typically go. Or if your story takes place sometime in history, make sure your facts are accurate. Nobody has a tablet or cellphone in the 1600s.

Make your Characters Relatable

People love a story they can relate to. If your character is the perfect human being, both looks and personality, it’s not going to capture a lot of attention. Whereas if your character has flaws that impact them throughout the story, that gains interest. How is Jenny going to survive in a zombie apocalypse if she’s terribly clumsy? Or Dylan who’s terrified of water suddenly has hydrokinesis? These things make a story. Use that to your advantage.

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Use these tips when writing your next story and who knows? Maybe your book might be a best seller.

Thuriga Balasubramaniam