Have you ever finished reading a story or watching a movie and said to yourself, “That seemed so real!”? Some of the best fiction stories are based on the struggles that real people experience. The stories in articles, ‘Stranger than Fiction’ _By John Macklin deal with real life issues. The event in your life can inspire you to write you own sort stories. You can explore on how to write own fiction stories through reading other writers articles. In a short story, writers explore an idea, event, or a feeling that’s important to them.
Where to writers get narrative ideas
- Experience: Sometimes writers find inspiration in their own experiences. Some of these experiences are interesting situations they have faced in life. They make a list of story ideas.
- Reading: Reading fictions, poetry, news articles, advertising, or even graffiti can give writers ideas for stories of their own. When you reread a favorite story or poem you may end up creating a story writing idea or rather adding story idea to your list.
- Finding the story: Good writers are observant and interested in the things they read and see. They will find a story even in a picture or excerpts.
Explore your idea
Once you have a few good ideas, explore them for a while before you decide which one you write about. What if question must take a space in your mind: Choose two of the story ideas you’ve listed. Ask yourself “What if” questions to find possible story beginnings. For example, you read fiction article by John Macklin from the Now magazine with a title, ‘Twins who shared’ and ask yourself, “What if one twin was from the outer space?”
Write your draft
While you are writing, you can let the situation guide you on what to say. Pretend you are watching a movie in your head and write everything you see and hear. What is happening in your own world?
Analyze our draft
Step back from the story. Asking yourself questions like these can help you evaluate your story ideas;
- Who is my prospective reader?
- How can make my story flow more smoothly?
- Where are the characters and events leading me?
- What can I do to make my characters seem more real?
- What details can I add to help show the scene?
- Is it better to tell the story from the first-person point of view, with the narrator using the words, I, my, and me to refer to himself or herself? Or should I use the third-person point of view, with the narrator using he, she, and they to describe what happens to all the characters?
- Should I present my story as a play, a comic trip? A story in a publication?
Rework and Share
Here are tips to help you rework your draft;
- Descriptions: Just like telling a story, you could describe a scene in several ways. Maybe you could start with sounds, then add smells and sights. It might be important to describe what is most important first, it describe something in the order a movie camera might record it as the camera moves from one end to the other.
- Sensory details: It’s a good idea to involve your readers’ eyes, ears, and nose by including sensory details. Reference from the story, ‘Mystery of the voice from nowhere’ by John Macklin. The sentence “I heard it from the voice in the well” Use details of sight and sound to create a strong impression.
- Dialogue: Dialogue can be used to give information about the characters, show their personalities, and provide excitement and suspense in a scene. Try to make every line of dialogue add something to the story.
Getting feedback from your peers will help you evaluate your story. Ask questions like the following:
- How did my story make you feel?
- What made you care about the characters?
- What was the most interesting part? The most boring part?
Revise and Edit to Polish
What do you like about your story and what needs to change?
- Consider comments made by your peers concerning the effect your story had on them. If there are comments you don’t understand, ask reviewers to explain what they mean.
- Pretend you are the reader. Does the beginning of you story grab your attention? If not, go back and rethink it.
- Use the standards for Evaluation and the editing Checklist to be sure that the point of view in your story is constantly first person or third person.
- Ask a proofreader to read through.
You story will create a unique world for the reader. It will be fun to go along with the story, enjoying the elaborate details and interesting scenes, but sometimes it’s necessary to take a step back and ask some questions about the writing. Are the characters true to life? Are the details realistic? Then the readers will reflect, rethink and relate.
Good writers make their work vivid by including details such as facts, incidents, examples, sensory details and questions. Sensory details help a reader “take part” in an experience. What details of smell, sight, and touch help you to “experience” the bear? Elaborating with facts and statistics will emphasize on the power of an event within and a story. Never the less, good newspaper and magazine writers often use examples to clarify their ideas and to add information to bring a specific meaning to a general statement. Elaboration with examples, as given in the article, will on the other hand will make the reader understand the main idea that is explained in the story.
Standards for evaluation of a short story
- Must have fully developed plot, character, and setting
- Must use sensory details
- Must present events in a clear order
- Must maintain a consistent point of view
- Must use realistic dialogue
When publishing, here are ideas;
- You might want to turn your story into a play script. Include sound effect
- A poem or ballad might also fit the mood of your story.
- You might choose to make a comic strip or comic book, either way fictitious articles.
- You could use the story events to make a gameboard.
The fact that you were inspired by other person’s story, you can as write your own to inspire others.