HOW TO CREATE A STORY FROM SCRATCH
Before we start learning how to create a story you need to know exactly what a story is. Simply put, story is what happens to a character. Think about it.
This is what happened to a character I just made up. I called her Sadie. Sadie is unfairly treated by her boss and comes home from work to a row with her boyfriend. She wakes up the next morning after a really bad dream and decides to leave everything and go on a one-woman boat trip around the world. She discovers hidden talents along the way before returning home and starting a brand new career as a wilderness survival guru.
A plot is how it happens: She sneaks along to the local harbor, and steals a boat. The boat’s owner chases her. She escapes from him and is attacked by pirates. She survives by shooting them with a harpoon gun left by the owner etc. etc. She loses all her food which falls overboard during a hurricane and she has to learn to catch fish using her old tights etc. etc
Remember – an idea not written is worth the paper it was written on. So these exercises are designed to get you writing – think of it as the warm up routine you might do before you exercise.
Now obviously there are lots of ways to do any amount of creative writing exercise on a computer but for this stage I want you to forget about computers so that there are absolutely no distractions to come between you and your story.
So start by gathering a ring binder, some dividers and plenty of A4 sheets. You will begin by producing categories for your own creative writing.
The first category is going to be for characters. So mark your first divider as character. You are going to create ten of them. Learning how to create a story is not difficult if you simply relax and follow the process. You will find out how to create a character here.
Next you are going to invent your plot. Remember that as I said above a plot is how the story happens. Plot provides the mechanics of the story. You can find out how to create a plot here.
Good luck and remember…
‘You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.’