So, you want to write a story? Don’t know how? Well, here’s a simple tutorial that covers the basics. Of course, this is just how I do it personally. There is no right or wrong, this is just a simple explanation of how I try and plan my writing. Hope this helps!
- Figure out what your favourite reading genre is
The reason you need to figure this out is because this will likely be your favourite style to write in. If you like reading books like The Fault in Our Stars and Twilight, think about writing romance. If you like books like The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, fantasy might be your favourite.
- Design a main character
In my opinion, this is the most important step. There are a lot of forms you can fill out online to learn about your character and I find this stage a lot of fun. You could fill out some fun tests like the Pottermore Hogwarts House quiz or the MBTI Meyer Briggs personality test. This is fun because it also teaches you a bit about them too. While you’re doing this, maybe think about a best friend or sidekick for your main character to keep them company and keep them grounded.
- Start creating the story skeleton
The reason why I create my character before I build my story is because then I understand exactly what my character would do. Give them a setting and something to want. Then, figure out exactly how to prevent them from getting it. Don’t focus too much on adding extra details at this point, you just want to figure out where your story is going.
- Take your story skeleton and flesh it out
Now you have the foundations of your story, you can begin to flesh it out. Add other characters and plot twists and make your idea more original. But make sure that it’s something you would want to read. Writing is so much fun because you get to do whatever you want. Don’t focus too much on what you think others will like reading, just write what you enjoy.
- Begin writing
At this point, you don’t want to detail too much. Sometimes it can ruin your motivation to keep writing. Leave room for creativity. Once you’ve got a fleshed out skeleton, go, go, go! While your ideas are fresh and your head is full of inspiration, write as much as you can. Have fun with it!
Hope this helped you write your first story! Have fun!