Writers, if this picture above is you when developing a story, I totally get it! It does not matter if you have an outline, are going by Act’s or just writing from an idea, the development can always be a tricky. But, there are somethings to consider when getting into the ” meat” of your story.
- Stretching It Out – Often times we are writers are so good with showing our story instead of telling. When you show or just explain what it going on, that makes it hard for the reader to really visualize what you are saying. For example, ” Mike went to the store and got us a milkshake. I told him to get me a strawberry milkshake and he got a chocolate one while I waited for him.” This is an example of telling. Now, let’s tell that same story.
Mike and I sat at the booth before he headed up to the counter. There were other families and couples enjoying their food, milkshakes and ice-creams.
” Sam, what kind of milkshake do you want?” Mike asked.
Still looking back and forth and the menu, I finally decided.
” Mm, I think that I am going to have the strawberry milkshake.”
” That sounds good, Sam, but I am going to get a chocolate one.”
Mike looks at the long line as he turns around and stares at the crowd.
” I am going to wait until the line dies down, okay?”
” Whatever works.”
Waiting for the line to go down, Mike and I still talked about our classes as we sipped on ice water that was brought to us.
Okay, now do you see the different between showing and telling? This has been stretched out and embellished. We are able to see exactly what is going on ( well at least we can picture it.” This also gives you a longer word count as well!
2. Character Development – This is a problem area for some writers. When it comes to developing your characters, you really have to make them a real person. Check out my blog on character profiles. In my opinion when writing any book, I feel that all main characters need to have a background story. Where did they come from? What was their childhood like? How were their parents? Sometimes you can even take it a step further and tap into their parents background. This can give the reader some justification as to how or why main character is the way that he/she is. This can be come by doing a ” flashback” or having another person’s point of view come present and they are telling their side.
3. Lastly, another reason that your story can be hard when it comes to development is because it is all over the place. You have so many characters and everyone is doing their own thing. Whether you have an outline to look at or not, you can just be writing to write. This is called freelancing. Just jotting things down and not have a place for them to call home. When this happens, take a step back and get some clarity. Ask yourself, ” What story am I really trying to tell?” Your story can be so good that it starts to tell itself and shift in directions that it is not on an outline. This is why I do not use an outline. I let the story speak for itself. But, I know that there are some writers who MUST have a guide or something to look off of. Even if your mind is going a mile a minute, just remember that every story has a beginning, middle and an end.
Thanks so much for taking the time out to read this blog for today. I hope that it helps you with your development of your story. Now, GO WRITE! That is an order.