How to write a story line

They use images, lighting, and tone to set the mood that the rest of the opening pages will take. Of course, we started with the four most important ones.

Story Goal The first element to include in your plot outline is the Story Goal, which we covered in detail in the previous article, The Key to a Solid Plot: Notice too that these elements come in pairs that balance each other. You are like an archeologist digging an ancient city out of the clay.

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Protagonists can be asked to give up their pride, self-respect, money, security, an attitude, an idealized memory, the life of a friend, or anything else they hold dear.

The light from a candle being reflected and twisted by a door. Then move on to our final pair of elements. Or perhaps the quest for love and family forces her to become more compassionate towards her co-workers when their family responsibilities interfere with work.

However, when placed next to the step above, it becomes very effective. Forewarnings make the reader anxious that the consequence will occur before the protagonist can succeed. Choosing a Story Goal. To keep things simple for the moment, just choose one requirement for now to include in your plot outline.

List as many possibilities as you can think of. Write About Death Think about the last five novels you read. However there are many other ways characters can impose conditions that impede the attainment of the Story Goal.

Ten Secrets To Write Better Stories

How could he not? In how many of them did a character die? The Consequence is the negative situation or event that will result if the Goal is not achieved. While requirements show that the story is progressing towards the achievement of the goal, forewarnings are events that show the consequence is getting closer.

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The third draft is for deep polishing. Remember, a great first line can hook your reader through the rest of your story. I hope it makes writing your story a little easier, but more than that, I hope it challenges you to step deeper into your own exploration of how to write a story.

So many of these examples of great first lines are surprising. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness… … and so on.

7 Keys To Write the Perfect First Line of a Novel

Ask yourself what event s might need to happen for the goal in your novel to be achieved. Or for other models of story structure, check out our Story Models page. Create Suspense and Drama To create suspense, set up a dramatic question.

Then, start your next one. Why not enter our next one? However, stories also have a progressive plot structure. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: How, then, do you write the perfect first line?In short, much depends on the story you write.

Read up on managing points of view in fiction, ditto narration style best for your novel. Look at more on plot outlines, templates, and where to go next.

How To Create A Plot Outline In 8 Easy Steps* By Glen C. Strathy. Follow @glencstrathy. How would you like to create a plot outline for your novel in less than an hour that is emotionally compelling and dramatically sound? It's easier than you think. Write a list of possible Consequences you could have in your plot outline.

7 Keys To Write the Perfect First Line of a Novel. by Joe Bunting | comments. Write the first line of a novel or short story. You can write the first line of your work in progress or something new. When you’re finished, post the line in the comments section.

And if you post, be sure to give feedback to your fellow practitioners.

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