Imagine your story is already done:
Who is the hero in your story? Explain why you think so.
- What is the turning point? In what way does your protagonist change?
- What is the overall message and mood?
- Is humour an important part of this story?
- Why is your story title significant?
Now begin with a fuzzy plan:
Investigate drawing a plot diagram for your story. Use an online tool or draw your own chart. Complete it by adding story details under each of the following: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
Have you read other stories like yours? Discuss these stories. How were their plots similar or different?
Think about a big idea:
In most good stories the characters undergo a significant change. What are some good ideas for a short story about an ordinary person who undergoes a significant change? Which idea would make an especially entertaining story for an audience of your peers?
Plan out the details:
Add details to your outline for your short story, including notes on the following: main character and personality, setting, conflict, initial incident, rising action, changes, climax, and conclusion/denouement/resolution.
Write a first draft:
Use this outline to write a first draft.
Ask a partner to give you feedback about improving your story. Revise your draft using this feedback.
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