Ultimate Method to a Sensational and Fascinating Narrative
Hello to you all, Kawa Nation! Welcome back to another English blog post, where I try my best to give you all the best tips and tricks there are to learning the complex English language. In this blog post, I thought I could share with you all on simple steps on how to write a good story.
You can follow these steps whether you are writing a long novel or a short story. Basically anyone with a passion to write can follow these simple steps.
(You can skip this section to the first step if you want to; this isn’t really important to anything)
Back in junior high school, I had a close friend who had a passion in writing their own stories. Being an individual with a vast and limitless imagination since a young age, I thought I could try creative writing where I can finally put all my ideas and imaginations onto paper.
Even though I didn’t let anyone read any of them at first, writing fantasies out it paper and re-dreading them from time to time makes me come up with MORE ideas for that story, or even inspire new ones. I started off with really short stories, and even though my English wasn’t too good back then, I actually still had a lot of fun creating my own silly novels.
As I advanced in highschool, my English got better and I felt more confident in writing longer and more sophisticated stories, until the point where I started sharing my stories with my friends, family and later on the internet (though there is barely out there anymore – I deleted most of it). I even joined the small writing club we had in our school, and I use to contribute as many short stories that we were tasked to write.
Apologies for the long waffling, but I thought I could just share some insight on how creative writing got to be one of my hobbies. I guess a message an individual could take from this is – it doesn’t matter how poor your language skill is, as long as you have a good imagination, pencil, and paper, there is always a chance for you to write a good story! Even if you don’t believe you have a good imagination, just list whatever ideas down you have on paper, and I am confident that more ideas will start coming once those ideas are listed down.
The examples I have in here are of my own work, so please, DO NOT plagiarize and copy any of these and post it as your own. If you do want to use any of these short examples, please put my name as the author. Moreover, this was one of my first stories, so if you think the storyline or grammar sounds stupid/incorrect – I do not blame you.
Also, the story I wrote is based off an anime, with the same characters from that anime. If you want your work to be published on the internet, and your story is based off another story or character, MAKE SURE you put a disclaimer at the top of your story, stating that the characters are not owned by you, and by someone else. Not doing this can lead to you copyright issues, and have your story taken down, or even worse scenarios could occur.
Steps on How to Write a Good Story
1. Have an inspiration
Every story comes from an inspiration. It can be as small or as big, as it does matter; as long as it gives you that creative epiphany, that is all that matter. Most of my ideas comes from watching movies or anime (yes, I know, I am an weeaboo). It could be from a scene from a movie, a style of writing from your favorite author, or a the way a character looks at another character…*ahem* fanfiction *cough*
The example I shall share with you has the inspiration from an anime called “Special A”.
This story is about a female protagonist named Hikari Hanazono who was always coming second to the male protagonist named Kei Takishima. Basically the plot is Hikari is trying to challenge Kei at anything, just to beat him once and win first for the first time. There are also other major characters, but these two are the main characters.
The reason I chose to write a story based on this was because I was so in love with this anime at that time, and my imagination was running wild with just thinking about what kind of story I could write with this anime in mind.
2. Create more ideas
Once you have gotten an inspiration, start adding more ideas to it. The inspiration should have been the starting point, and you start expanding that point with more points or ideas. The contributing ideas could also be another inspiration from something else.
For my story, I was also a huge fan of the supernatural genre, and back then I thought vampires were rather “cool” (no, that liking did NOT come from Twilight, it actually came from one of my favourite book series to this date- The Darren Shan Saga, by the author Darren Shan). Thus, with the anime idea I had in mind, and my liking towards vampires, I decided to combine those two! Special A, but in an vampiric alternate universe! Best idea ever…back then, anyways.
This step as well as step 3 and even 4 can be repeated as many times as you want throughout this whole creating a story process. It is perfectly fine to add or change ideas, even if you’re at the final stage of your story. I heard a quote somewhere that “A book is never finalized until it is published”.
3. Start writing/typing them down onto paper
There is a very high probability that you won’t remember all of your brilliant ideas by the end of the day – so write them all down on a piece of paper or on your laptop! This way, you can even see what your thought process is, and it will also be easier to generate ideas this way.
I remember when I used to have sticky notes EVERYWHERE in my room. It has random ideas that I jotted down, as I didn’t have access to a computer at that very moment (we weren’t allowed to use computers at school yet. So any moment I had an idea of some sort, I would quickly get out my sticky notepad and swiftly write down whatever my idea was. Then when I get home, I would quickly typed them up).
Here is a small example that I had for my Special A/vampire crossover narrative.
It does not have to make sense to other people (it is a very rough draft, after all) – it only has to make sense to you! That is the important part. The idea could be as short or as long as you want – it is all up to you! You are the author, so only you are in control of your own story.
4. Create a plot
As you start to add more ideas down, you will start to get a general sense on what your story plot is going to be.
You can either
1) Create an additional plot to your story, and then add detail/smaller ideas towards that plot or
2) Create more additional ideas, and use that to create a new plot to your story.
Either one works fine, and it is up to you to figure out which is the best method for YOU (or you can do it both ways- that was how I did most of my stories). By the time you have finished creating your draft plot, it should five main components.
Five Main Components of a Story
- Main body
For my story (and many other stories as well), here’s how you write them:
- The introduction is basically the scene the characters start in, and introducing the readers to the character and eventually the point of the story.
- The main body is the “adventure” the character will go on (doesn’t have to be a typical adventure where the characters go into a forest to fight monsters; it could just be conversations between characters and even everyday living).
- The climax should be the most eventful and intriguing part of the story (well, every part should be, but this is where the problems start to occur in the story, and so it draws the reader’s attention in).
- The resolution is the part after the climax, where things start to settle down again.
- Finally, the ending is the last few pages of your story, where you either end the story on a happy note, or a tragic conclusion (I actually personally like to finish my stories with a tragic end…I like to see my reader’s face of shock, disbelief and despair when they finish reading it. Am I sadist? Maybe…)
5. Create the characters
This bit can be done before creating the plot, but I personally prefer to create the major story plot before I create the actual characters for my story. Like I stated at the beginning, I could always go back to editing anything before I publish it.
So really, there isn’t a “right” and “solid” method to creating a story. But I thought this would be a simple structure for aspiring writers who have no idea where to start. Then as you advance more in your writing abilities, you can adopt your own techniques. (Every writer is different, and have their own special way of writing. That is why there are so many amazing novels out there!). Moreover, you can base your character off another character, and have inspirations from it, on how they look, act, etc.
In my story, I had the same characters from Special A (like I also said before, I wrote this story when I was still quite an amateur at writing – not that I am a master at it now). So altogether I had 2 main characters, and 5 major characters.
6. Start detailing the characters
This is where you start writing down the ideas/details about each of your characters. You can go as detailed or as blunt as you like (you are your own author!). I personally like to give as much detail as possible about each character, but that is just my own liking and opinion (I am a very detail-oriented individual).
So in my character draft sheet, I noted almost as much detail I could find about the characters I was going to write about.
Since I was basing it off the actual characters from the anime, I had to make sure that all the character’s facts were correct and off the actual anime and manga. If you’re creating your own character, the details you want for you character is entirely up to your imagination, or whatever your character is loosely or tightly based off.
7. Start writing
Now the fun part starts (or tedious- depends on the writer)! This is now the time to write actual story. Using all the story and character ideas you had, you shall now create a full story with them. This is also the part where you add the minor details to the story (that were not there in you ideas draft).
This story I decided to share with you all is a novel with multiple chapters, and so I usually like to start each chapter with a detailed description of the scenery for that chapter. The I start introducing the readers to the characters, settings, and then main plot, followed by the climax, resolution, and despairing end (teehee).
8. Create a title
This step can be done before creating your ideas, or after – it doesn’t really matter. But I usually like to create them at the end, because I already know what the story is going to be about. I could then easily create a meaningful title that would convey to the reader what kind of story it would be, without having to even read the summary or the first page. Some authors like to create a more metaphorical title, and that is just as great at well (each to their own!).
9. Proofread it
You are nearly done finishing off your novel! Congratulations! The next main thing to do is to proofread your masterpiece. No reader likes it when they find an intriguing story but there are a lot of spelling or grammar mistakes in them.
You can ask a friend, family member, or a online beta-reader (people who read over your work to check for mistakes) that you can trust (many online writers have many beta-readers to read over their stories – I myself have befriended a few beta-readers who liked my work that I posted)
The last thing to do? Share it, of course! This step is entirely optional, and it is perfectly fine to not be confident sharing your work with other people who you do not feel comfortable sharing with – I have written about 15 stories before I started sharing my work with the internet (and that was when I felt a little bit more confident with my novel work).
Congratulations! You have now finished your story! If this is your first story, you should feel extremely proud of yourself 🙂 Who knows, you could be the next J.K. Rowling! I hope these steps have boosted your confidence in English creative writing. In fact, these steps could also be used for other languages as well! So now, you all are one step closer to becoming a proficient author.
Do you like the tips and advice I give you for English writing? There are more blog posts that you can check out that will give more advice on other English assessment topics, such as useful linking words you can use, or even gain insight to what it is like living in English-speaking countries like Australia (that is where I am from)!
As usual, I shall bid you all a good day, and I shall see you all in the next blog post! Also, make sure to check out the Kawa Kawa English eBook where it teaches you how to improve your English pronunciation! See you guys!