Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Writing Tip #6 - Simplify the Story

Simplify the Story

When you don’t know where to start or get stuck in your story, take a moment to simplify it. Almost every story begins with someone coming or someone leaving.

First, decide what direction your story is going. Is your protagonist leaving a place? Is your protagonist being left? Is your protagonist going to a place? Is your protagonist meeting someone who has come.

Once you have the direction, you can begin to fill in the details.

By simplifying your story, you can clearly see where the characters are starting from and where they are going. The details give your story depth, but this initial plot line is the driving structure of your narrative. With your story line clear, the character’s actions and reactions will fill in the rest.


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