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How To Write Stories
by Alex Glaros


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That's the main concept in writing a good story!

Here's some more tips for writing good stories:

  • A good story should be able to be summarized in one or two sentences. It should not require a long, cluttered explanation to describe. If it takes too long to describe, it's not a good story.
  • Tap into your deepest feelings. Get emotionally into your characters' feelings!
  • Complexity is added to longer stories to set up the resolution better through incidents that further develop the characters and main problem.
  • Surprise: have events unfold in unexpected ways. Avoid clichés
  • Provide the details and nuances that bring your story to life. Details should be used to support a particular objective of the story. A lot of details can be found through our senses. E.g., The floor boards creaked while John walked over to where his eraser was laying on the floor. The room was cold and smelled damp and moldy. In these two sentences we used our senses to support building tension into the scene: hearing, feeling and smelling. Our senses help to bring the reader present into the scene. Details can really draw the reader deeper into the story.
  • Symbolism adds depth to your story. On his way to school, John stops at an art shop to tie his shoe in front of a painting of "David and Goliath." This plants a subconscious seed in the mind of the reader, preparing the reader to see a replay of the "David and Goliath" story with John playing the part of David. Don't tell the readers though, just show them!
  • Timing: make the pace of each scene support a particular objective of your story.
  • Climax - the bigger the climax, the better resolution of the tension! Build up to a climax, where the high point is when the character overcomes the challenging problem.
  • Connectivity of two or more threads of the story. Tying two threads together, while not required, can create a richer story.
  • Improvisation: Let yourself go and see where the story leads you, not you lead the story!

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That's it. Good luck on writing your stories!

Alex Glaros