“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world.”
Robert Mc Kee
Welcome to The Daily Buzz, Yellow Scribe’s daily writer’s blog. We’re here to help you write and most importantly – publish that book! Today’s article deals with the effective techniques of deciding on an interesting plot for your story!
Anyone can write. Just the will to begin, matters. Writing is nothing but pouring out umpteen thoughts from your head onto a sheet of paper. Storytelling is one of the components of literature that makes write-ups intriguing enough. Any type of story, be it a real – life incident or a fictional one, always succeeds in grabbing complete attention of the viewers with the twists and turns in its plot. However, the question is, how do we actually come up with a plot for a story? Yes, you are right! This article answers the question by providing a step by step approach, thereby making it easier for a novice in storytelling to understand.
Enable the Will
The first step is getting a notebook and pen outta your cupboard and decide to write with a clear state of mind. Open the doors to your head and welcome new ideas in! Practice tasks that inspire you to write. Be it having a cup of coffee or gazing at the serene beauty of nature or visiting the beach. It can be anything! Practically anything as long as it inspires you to write.
Come up with a Suitable Genre
The second step is planning on the genre to your story. Romance, Action, Drama, Fiction, Sci-Fi, Non-Fiction, Murder mystery. Just pick any suitable Genre that you would like to try your hands on. Also, remember to choose your favorite genre. After all, interests matter a lot, no matter what you write or what genre you choose.
Prepare a Draft
The third step is making a draft of your story by brainstorming all the possible plot ideas that occupy your mind. Don’t worry about making sense yet, just go about doing it!
Create your Characters
The fourth step is deciding on the characters you would like to create as a part of your story. Jot down the protagonist and the antagonist (If any) and also the supporting characters. For instance, let us assume Bob as the protagonist of a story who rescues his love Lilia from the antagonist Dave.
Summarize your Story
The fifth step is to write down a short summary to your story which would help in constructing the plot effectively. For instance, if you arrive upon romance as the genre then you could specify the series of incidences that would transpire between the characters and note them down in points.
Provide an Appropriate Setting
The sixth step is jotting down the setting of your story. After all, a story needs to have an origin. For instance: Waterbury, Connecticut or Ontario, Canada.
Choose your Narration Style
The seventh step is planning on the narration of the story. Are you willing to make it a first person or third person narration? Make your choice. First person narration makes you the center of the story. Thus, you are the character around whom the plot revolves. Autobiographies are good examples of that. Third person narration involves the presence of different characters who make the story. You are a third person who recites the events occurring in the life of those characters.
Decide the Tense of Narration
The eighth step involves planning on whether the story shall be in a present or past tense. Most of the people are comfortable with the past tense so be it!
Make a Good Beginning
The ninth step involves deciding a good beginning of the story. One can commence it either by introducing the protagonist’s location, current status and personal life first or give it an abrupt start by disclosing the setting of the story and then revealing the protagonist. For instance: In the city of Connecticut, Bob a professional engineer working at a reputed company, was texting the love of his life Lilia in order to pick her up on his way to the office.
Mark the Entry of the Antagonist
The tenth step is deciding on the antagonist’s role in the story and his entry point which would provide a twist to the story. For instance, Dave is the ex-lover of Lilia who left her for another woman. However, after finding Lilia in Bob’s life, Dave has developed a serious obsession of acquiring her either by hook or by crook. Coincidentally, Dave is hired at the same workplace as that of Lilia and Bob.
Don’t suspend the Suspense Part
The eleventh step is planning the suspense part of your story. Suspense is an essential element of every story. Make sure that the story isn’t unornamented. Flowery language is always preferable. Plan a sequence that doesn’t reveal itself too clearly. This will arouse the readers and adhere them to the story. For instance, Coincidentally, Dave is hired at the same workplace as that of Lilia and Bob. However, is it totally a coincidence or a confidential planning to approach Lilia?
Think of the Twists and Turns for your plot
The twelfth step is deciding on the twists you would like to provide to your story. Make sure that your story provides a unique, unexpected and undesirable twist. A simple story with lengthy descriptions makes reading, a monotonous task. For instance, after all the romance between Bob and Lilia, it can be revealed that Lilia was secretly hooked up with Dave and she was working for him against Bob because of the past enmity between Bob and Dave. In short, Dave was here to exhibit his vengeance against Bob through Lilia.
Thus, these are the steps to effective story telling which would definitely come in handy. I would conclude stating that, no matter what you write, always remember the requirements of your audience. Be specific when describing incidents or characters. Use a comfortable diction that would be easy for your readers to understand. Put yourself in the readers’ shoes and write accordingly!
As it is rightly stated, “Stories create communities, enable us to see through the eyes of other people and open us to the claims of others.”
– Peter Forbes