Learning how to develop a story so that you take readers on an unforgettable journey is key to becoming a great writer. Here are 10 steps to ensure that the final draft of your creative writing has a memorable effect upon the readers!
1. Visualise the story
I cannot put enough stress on this point. You need to sit and visualise the whole story in your mind whenever you get the time. What I do is visualise when I go for walks. Depending on the situations involved in the story, I play similar songs and go for a walk. This helps me kind of get an outline of the story without spending too much time just on building the outline.
“Visualisation is daydreaming with a purpose.”
— Bo Bennett
2. Know the ending
They say a strong beginning is one of the important things when it comes to a story. I say the ending is as important. There is no point having a thrilling story with a lukewarm ending. So, know how you are going to end the story before you begin to work on the script.
3. Know your characters
The characters are the most important part of any story. And the character development is essential to make an impact on the audience. So, take a pen and paper, write down the names of the characters and their traits. If you can, plot it down like a family tree to define the connection between each character.
“A story is built on characters and reasons.”
— Steven Amsterdam
4. Plot the route
Plan how you are going to proceed with the story. Know how many chapters are going to be there. Mark the chapters which consists of important plot points. Describe each chapter in a sentence or two.
4- Establish your Setting
Your setting is when and where your story takes place. Setting is very important for your plot because it will influence how your story looks and develops. For example, society and technology would differ greatly in a story told in the 1920s versus a story told in 2018.
- If you’re setting your story in a place or time period unfamiliar to you, do some research to learn more about it. This will help you when it comes to writing the theme of your story.
- It’s a good idea to look at photos of your setting to get a better grasp of the realms that you are put into words.