One thing that you have to know about me and A: we both LOVE to write stories! Whether we are just jotting down a silly story, or penning an intriguing mystery, we love to write stories. We have had many fun times together brainstorming lines for short stories, future novels, etc. :) Some were good, some need a little work, but it was just fun to do. Follow these guidelines I have laid out for you and you will have a short story in no time!
Supplies you need:
* Pens, pencils, colored pencils, markers, etc.
1. Label your notebook “Stories “ and open up the first page. Once there, write down the following categories: fiction, historical fiction, mystery, nature, romance, western, and any other categories you can come up with. Write each category on its own line and leave several lines in between each.
2. Decide on two or three categories that you like and write a few brief story ideas under each. Look at your story ideas. Which one do you like the best? Maybe use a process of elimination to determine your favorite. Turn to the next page in your notebook, then meet me at step 3.
3. Now that you have an idea, write down your characters. You should have the following characters:
- A main character (protagonist)
- A friend for the main character,
- A villain or someone who causes problems (antagonist)
- A few other characters to make things interesting.
Under the name of each character, write down a bit about their personality. Are they witty? What do they like? What don’t they like? Are they friendly? Are they shy? Are they funny? Describe your main character the best by putting in a lot of detail. Your main character should be in most scenes, so it should be really clear who they are.
4. Now, write your story idea in more detail. You could even make an outline like this:
Joe Rider has to deliver a bag of gold and people keep coming after it.
Someone comes to his rescue or he fights his way out of it.
That is just a quick outline I had made. I recommend filling yours in with a little more detail. :)
5. Start writing your story! Add lots of adjectives and adverbs to make it interesting. Try replacing common used words, such as “said” with something more fun, like mumbled, grunted, exclaimed, shouted, barked, ordered, or retorted. Don’t be afraid to describe!
6. Proofreading time! Go through your story and check your spelling, grammar, punctuation, and the overall sound and flow of your story. Read your story aloud to make sure it sounds good (preferably, great!). You might even want to have a parent or friend read your short story to double-check it.
Great job! You have written a short story. Well done! Want to read my short story? Check it out here.