Every writer has a story that they want to introduce to the public. They see it in their mind’s eye very clearly.
The journey to finding a way to publish this story can be daunting to some. There is a roadmap to getting these things done.
The best way to get your ideas out is to first get them down in a very tangible way. If you keep them in your mind’s eye but never write them down, then you can never get them published.
You have to get off the couch and get to work.
The best way to get started is to get started.
That sounds easy doesn’t it? Well sometimes it is easier said than done.
Steps to get you started
I will be the first to tell you that getting an idea out on paper in a manner that makes sense to other readers is one of the hardest things I do
- Make an outline
- Develop your world
- Populate your world with characters
- Give your characters a purpose
- Add conflict to your characters
- Let your characters resolve the conflict
- Wrap up all the loose ends
- Leave your audience wanting more
We will go more in-depth to each of these things so that you can see the best course of action for each one.
Make An Outline For Your Story
You need some type of outline in order to keep yourself and your readers on track with where the story is headed. This is easiest if you follow the blueprint that you make for your story. The size of the outline is really up to you because it is mainly a guide to keep your story on track.
Your outline will start out very broadly with what your characters need to get from point A to point Z.
As soon as you get the general idea of where your book will take you, then you can break it down further into “chapters.”
Now you can move from point A to point B in chapter one and from point B to point C in chapter two and so on.
Develop Your Story World
When you are developing a story world, you need to be able to find your way around in it. Fill in the details of the world as if it is a place that you have visited before.
Make it comfortable and inviting so that your audience wants to come in and stay a while. Fill it with smells and sounds that you might hear if you were actually there.
Give your town a name. Name the stores and streets.
Give your world a history. Make ancestors that developed and shaped the world.
Populate Your Story World With Characters
Each character should have an individual personality. Fill in the details of their jobs, homes, schools, and hobbies.
Give them names and descriptions. Make them familiar and individual.
Give them hopes and dreams.
Give Your Story Characters A Purpose
Explain why your characters are here in this story.
Give them a reason for existing and tie them into the world you created.
If they are filler for your world, then the characters do not have to be as detailed but, when you are creating, use as much detail as possible so that you know how best they fit into the world you created.
Add Conflict To Your Story Characters
To make a good story great, your characters have to have conflict in their lives.
Figure out the focus of your story, whether that is good versus Evil, or a love triangle, etc.
No one wants to read how a person, who did no amazing things and did nothing wrong, lives to the ripe old age of 100.
Readers want to see someone face adversity and overcome it.
They want to see the young wizard face down the evil wizard and win.
Readers want to see happy endings even if the happy ending is temporary.
Let Your Story Characters Resolve The Conflict
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Readers want a knight in shining armor to come to the rescue of the princess, and they both finally live happily ever after.
If your character never resolves the conflict, then the story doesn’t end.
I know that you will think that some series keep on going and they do fine.
Think about your favorite series.
There is an end even when it hints at new conflict in the next book. It’s okay to hint because you are creating new conflict in the continuing saga but resolve this conflict first.
Wrap Up All The Loose Ends
Tie up any loose plot ends so that they aren’t dangling in the wind.
It is one thing to hint at continuing conflict; it is altogether different to leave your character with unfinished business.
Never leave your reader wondering what happened to one of your characters that you made a focal point earlier in a chapter.
If it was important enough to make the time to write about it, then resolve it.
Leave Your Audience Wanting More
Leave your audience craving more of your work.
If you have done the previous steps completely and well, you will create fans that want to buy more of your work.
Follow The Roadmap
When every writer has a story, you have to make your story stand out.
Now that you have a general idea of how to get started, you can flesh out each of these areas.
Soon you will be hitting the publish button on your very own completed story.