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avatar Arkady
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Writing isn’t easy, and writing a good story is even harder.

I used to wonder how Pixar came out with such great movies, year after
year. Then, I found out a normal Pixar film takes six years to develop,
and most of that time is spent on the story.

In this article, you’ll learn ten secrets about how to write a story, and more importantly, how to write a story that’s good.

I actually dont follow #10 but Im definitely sure it works

Everything I Know About How to Write a Story

Since I started The Write Practice a few years ago, I’ve been trying to wrap my head
around this question, how to write a good story. I’ve read books and
blog posts on writing, taken classes, asked dozens of authors, and, of
course, written stories myself.

The following ten steps are a
distillation of everything I’ve learned about writing a good story. I
hope it makes writing your story a little easier, but more than that, I
hope it challenges you to step deeper into your own exploration of how to write a story.

1. Write In One Sitting

Write the first draft of your story in
as short a time as possible. If you’re writing a short story, try to
write it in one sitting. If you’re writing a novel, try to write it in
one season (three months).

Don’t worry too much about plotting or
outlining beforehand. You can do that once you know you have a story to
tell in the first place. Your first draft is a discovery process. You
are like an archeologist digging an ancient city out of the clay. You
might have a few clues about where your city is buried beforehand, but
you don’t know what it will look like until it’s unearthed.

All that’s to say, get digging!

2. Develop Your Protagonist

Stories are about protagonists, and if you don’t have a good protagonist,
you won’t have a good story. The essential ingredient for every
protagonist is that they must make decisions. Victor Frankl said, “A
human being is a deciding being.” Your protagonist must make a decision
to get herself into whatever mess she gets into in your story, and
likewise, she must decide to get herself out of the mess.

To further develop your protagonist, use other character archetypes like the villain, the protagonist’s opposite, or the fool, a sidekick character that reveals the protagonist’s softer side.

3. Create Suspense and Drama

To create suspense, set up a dramatic question.
A dramatic question is something like, “Is he going to make it?” or,
“Is she going to get the man of her dreams?” By putting your
protagonist’s fate in doubt, you make the reader ask, What happens next?

Note: To do this well, you need to carefully restrict the flow of information to the reader. Nothing destroys drama like over-sharing.

4. Show, Don’t Tell

Honestly, the saying “show, don’t tell” is overused. However, when placed next to the step above, it becomes very effective.

When something interesting happens in your story that changes the fate of your character, don’t tell us about it. Show the scene! Your readers have a right ro see the best parts of the story play out
in front of them. Show the interesting parts of your story, and tell the

5. Write Good Dialogue

Good dialogue comes from two things: intimate knowledge of your characters and lots of rewriting.

Each character must have a unique voice, and to make sure your characters
all sound different, read each character’s dialogue and ask yourself,
“Does this sound like my character?” If your answer is no, then you have
some rewriting to do.

Also, with your speaker tags,
try not to use anything but “he said” and “she said.” Speaker tags like
“he exclaimed,” “she announced,” and “he spoke vehemently” are
distracting and unnecessary. The occasional “he asked” is fine, though.

6. Write About Death

Think about the last five novels you read. In how many of them did a character die? Good stories often involve death. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Charlotte’s Web, The Lord of the Rings, and
more all had main characters who died. Death is the universal theme
because every person who lives will one day die. Tap the power of death in your storytelling.

7. Edit Like a Pro

Most professional writers write three drafts or more. The first draft is often called the “vomit draft” or the “shitty first draft.” Don’t share it with anyone! Your first draft is your chance to explore your story and figure out what it’s about.

Your second draft isn’t for polishing, although many new writers will try to polish as soon as
they can to clean up their embarrassing first draft. Instead, the second
draft is meant for major structural changes and for clarifying the plot
and characters of your novel or the key ideas of your non-fiction book.

The third draft is for deep polishing. Now is when everything starts to
gel. This is the fun part! But until you write the first two drafts,
polishing is probably a waste of your time.

8. Know the Rules, Then Break Them

Good writers know all the rules and follow them. Great writers know all the rules and break them.
However, the best writers don’t break the rules arbitrarily. They break
them because their stories require a whole new set of rules. Respect
the rules, but remember that you don’t serve the rules. You serve your

9. Defeat Writer’s Block

The best way to defeat writers block is to write. If you’re stuck, don’t try to write well. Don’t try to be perfect. Just write.

Sometimes, to write better stories, you have to start by taking the pressure off and just writing.

10. Share Your Work

You write better when you know someone will soon be reading what you’ve
written. If you write in the dark, no one will know if you aren’t giving
your writing everything you have. But when you share your writing, you face the possibility of failure. This will force you to write the best story you possibly can.

What are your best tips on how to write a story?

Sad to say but that's all I got for today's blog, leave a diamond, favorite or comment if you like it. And if you want to see more I'd suggest you to subscribe, not recommended but always appreciated :D. But there you go I hope you enjoy and see you later, GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD BYEEEEEEEEE!!!

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