So, there is this idea, maybe a dream, a thought, whatever. First you brainstorm about it. Jotting down all the different possible perspectives. Details, descriptions, characters, all the nuts and bolts of a story.
Now write. Really write. Some of the story may have already emerged in those brainstorming sessions. Maybe even some of the scenes have found their way out of your imagination into some recorded format. Now put all that together.
Basically a story needs a beginning, a middle and an end. Search on the internet or any sundry of writing books, they will break down the elements of a story into antagonists, protagonists, any number of ways to slice up and dissect the story into teeny tiny bites. If it helps you do that.
Or, just write a beginning, middle and an end.
My favorite dissection is to look at my brainstorming stuff and the scenes I have written and ask myself one question. (This genius from a self pub’d one awful children’s story know-it-all, remember do your own research and find your own path. This is mine, and hope it helps someone else start writing the story they would like to read that becomes a best seller.) That one question – What is it really all about?
Seriously like the old Aesop’s Fables, the moral of the story is ______. My belief is, as the writer if you don’t know what it is all about, then you have no idea what story you are writing. If you can bottom line it for yourself, then you know where you are going with this and it will be so much easier to write.
After that, the next need to know information is how complicated does this story need to be? Do you want to make the story thoughtful and require the reader to dig for what it is about? Do you just want to entertain? In other words, who are you writing this story for and why? Now have an idea of how you want to write it.
Lastly, whether you are a pantser or outliner you have to know the storyline. Basically how are you going to get from the beginning to the middle to the end. You can change that outline, road map or whatever you want to call it, however detailed or loose it is at any time if you find it makes the story better, just put something down out of desperation if necessary.
That is it. My bottom line.
The key questions –
- What is it really about?
- Who are you really writing it for?
- Why are you writing this?
Know those answers and the writing with them in mind. So, what are you waiting for? Write.