by Melissa Pilgrim on 01/19/18
- Every story is about a WHAT (the premise) happening to a WHO (the main character).
- The biggest thing to consider before writing a story is whether or not it deserves to or should even be written. Mainly, will there be an audience for it? The second thing to consider is in what way (medium) the story could best be told—as a book, play, movie, or TV series?
- All characters have always represented themselves at their most worst or best moments. So think of the extremes when creating where they are when your story takes place and what they have to learn, achieve, lose, or overcome by the end of their journey to be in a different place by the end of the story.
- Combine characters by contrasting them and use opposite types of characters to bring out certain qualities in certain situations. Keep in mind that it’s what all the characters do together that creates the story’s overall effect and emotions.
- Stories should go from “emotion to emotion” in every scene… be aware of the feelings each scene is creating as you write and make sure it’s coming across.
- Conflicts, arguments, and obstacles all keep a story going and more interesting to engage in. Without these in every scene stories become boring fast.
- Every single event and word spoken in a story is there for a reason—to move the story along in an interesting way. If it doesn’t, it should not be in it.
Note: More tips like these are on my "Writing Tips" page.