How to write a story – getting started
For most new writers, they get stuck when they try to start writing a whole book. I’ve observed as friends get wound up in perfecting the idea, doing research, building character back story. They don’t seem to know when to stop getting ready and when to start writing.
There are 3 criteria that I use to know when it’s time to stop with the procrastination and get down to the business of how to write a story.
Tip #1 – finding an idea
When it comes to learning how to write a story, I see people struggle to find the perfect idea. Well no idea is perfect. The perfection come in the execution of the idea. To find a story idea, look at the headlines in any form of news delivery. Even the parodies will help you find your idea.
When you have the germ of an idea, start asking what if questions. What if this weird thing happened? How would people react? What if this common activity became illegal? How would that change the way we live our lives?
Tip #2 – finding the story question
Now that you have an idea or two, it’s time to ask the story question. This is how to write a story – turn the idea into a big question. If your idea is that aliens will land on earth and they are benevolent and they want to save the world, your story question might be one of these,
– Will this religious fundamentalist find a way to reconcile their god with this new reality
– If people are saved, will they thrive? Is conflict and struggle a fundamental part of the human experience?
Feel free to use these questions in your own work.
Tip #3 – just do it (sorry Nike)
Some times the best way to get your story on the page is to just sit down and write. It may feel like you should be putting perfect work on the page, but maybe you are the type of writer who works best by discovering the story as they write.
Knowing how to write a story is all about trying to write. If you want to know more about getting your book out of your head and into a reader’s hands, click one of the pictures and sign up for my writing course.