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Things to remember when writing a story

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1 month ago
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Its been a long time since I published a new chapter of my story entitled "I'm pregnant". It is because I am having a trouble in writing it since I have a lot of schoolworks this past few weeks and the main reason is I didn't follow my plan about the story. Everytime I want to write the next chapter, I ended up in writing other article because I don't know how to continue my story. Now, I want to share what I have learned with this mistake.

What are the things that you need to keep in mind when you are writing a story?

1. Choose a better title

When you are writing an article, one of the most important is its title because you need to use a "catchy" title so you can encourage people to read your article. In writing a story, it is quite the same. You need to choose a title that will make people curious and ask themselves "What is the genre of this story? Is it worth to read" once they asked it to themselves, there's a probability that you might encouraged them and ended up in reading your novel. In my case, I didn't think about the title and until now I have a regrets for not thinking about it. "I'm pregnant" is too cheezy and I am always embarrassed everytime I read it. Now, if you are one of the readers of my story (if there is), what do you think would be the best title on my story to replace "I'm pregnant'? How about Chasing Serenity? Can you judge it honestly? Let me know in the comment section!

2. Think of a plot

You can't call one writing piece as a story if there's no plot. As a writer and author, you must think your own plot where the story will start and how the story will end. It is better to make a unique plot since the readers always want a unique genre and twists. I also recommend to make a plot twists to make your story more interesting and worth to read. In my experience, I had a plot but my mistake is I only think on the beginning and ending of the story thinking that making is easy but trust me, it's not.

3. Write an outline

This will make your ideas and plots more organized. Writing an outline of your story is a good move so you'll know the flow from the very start of your story even in the middle and until the end of it. We can't deny that we oftenly forget things quickly and on e of it is the plot that you are thinking earlier and forget it later. In writing an outline, your work will be more easier than expected because you already organized things on its chronological order. Well, as what I've mentioned, I created a plot but only from the beginninjg and the end not on the middle of the story or on the body of the story so I'm having a hard time to continue my story.

4. Know the characters, place, and events

Knowing everything on your story will end up in almost perfect story because it is the one that will give a color and life on your story. Characters will be the one that will act on your imagination and create an imagery on your playful mind. By the description of each character, the readers will immediately know what type of character is you are describing. By the antagonist up to the protagonist. It is also important the setting of your story or where your story will happen. The place where your story will happen and so you can easily describe it, it is either fictional or non-fictional. The events are more likely belong on the plot twist, "What will happen on the protagonist? antagonist?" let your readers ate by their curiosity so they will wait for the next update. On my story, some of them are just a supporting character and I don't even know their real status in life.

5. Continue what you started

Commonly, many underrated authors and writers are having lack of self-confidence and being lazy so they can't continue what they started. When you are writing a story, it's better to make an update in a short pan of days so you won't lose the momentum of the story. The long wait of your readers means less momentum or lessen the effectiveness of the plot of your story. Some readers will be bored when they are waiting for the long time and the worst, they will forget the first chapters and lose their interests. In my case, I already lost the momentum of my story that's why I only have a few readers or mostly nothing compared on the first chapter. 

6. Don't write without a destination

Let's use this example as an analogy, "Are you going to ride a ship even you're not sure what will be your destination?". In writing a story, you shouldn't think not only on the beginning but also in the end of your story so you will know the destination where you are going and end the story smoothly. Personally, the story that I started have an ending on my mind but I haven't write it yet because I need to follow the chapters before the ending so I can easily put it on the end. 

7. Follow your outline at all cost

What's the purpose of your outline if you are not going to follow it? Once you created an outline and you started what's written on it, you don't need to change it depends on the readers' demand. If you planned to have a tragic ending, go for it even your readers are expecting a happy ending. If you planned to write a short story only, don't make it a novel because your readers demand for it. I think this is the biggest mistake that I did on my story. Did you know that my story (I'm pregnant) only have three chapters? but the readers are expecting a very good story so my emotion controlled me and ended uo in writing a simple novel instead of short story that contradicting on my plan. 

CLOSING THOUGHTS

It's better to do what you've planned so you can avoid a lot of mistake. In this article, I am talking ironically because I didn't even applied the things or tips that I mentioned. Well, this article is a product of that mistake and I want to share it with you so you will know the things that you will face once you did the same thing. If you will ask me about the story that I started, I will still continue to write it but I'm going to write its outline first so it can be easiern to write the plots. I am sure that it will take more time to finish it so don't expect an update from me in the next few weeks, even months. Always remember that it's okay to commit a mistake, the most important is you learned from it. 

Thanks to @wrabbiter for sharing his article about "For story writers, knowing about your ideal readers"

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Nag suggest na ako dati hahaha sana naalala mo pa or sabi po pala ang cheesy and lame so nvm hahaha🙄 nabitin na nga ako sa story malapit ko na makalimutan yung hahaha😂

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1 month ago

Napapangitan naman na talaga ako sa title na yan dati pa bago mo sabihin hahaha so corny.

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1 month ago

Wow active siya today hahaha Galapagos na ako magbasa 😂🤣 perk kailangan ko na ubusin at madagdagan na naman ito mamaya hahhahshs

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1 month ago

Good luck in your purpose Lauren! Writing a story is usually done in three parts: beginning development and conclusion. Of course there are a number of techniques involved, the idea, the protagonist and the antagonist must have the premise and work on another series of things that are very important and requires a lot of research . Whenever you want I can give you some tips via telegram. Greetings and I hope you achieve your goals, I left you my humble support in your publication.

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1 month ago

Woah thanks for this I'm really impressed! Are you also writing a story? By the way, thanks for the support!

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1 month ago

It's really flattering you mentioned my username and promoted my article here. More power to your writing endeavors, Browh!

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Found it! Net-earner.com I saw it on your bio long time ago and I visited it😅

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Oh thanks for the upvote! I really appreciate it. Honestly, I like your writing skills. You're using different words that I can't reach and I like it because it is added on my vocabulary. Thank you! Do you have any other blogging platform where you can earn? If I'm not mistaken you're a blogger in...I forgot the website.

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1 month ago

Di ko nga mabasa basa yang story mo Laulau kasi wala pang wakas. Ayaw ko talaga ng nabibitin talaga kasi 🙄😜. Pero waiting pa rin is me, sya nga nahihintay ko yan pa kayang story mo na siguradong wakas 😎.

I also want to write a story but, I'm not that good in english si it's hard for me to write it. Need to practice my vocabulary more 🙈. Anyway, thanks for this 🙋

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1 month ago

Baka po matagalan pa bago ko 'to matapos hahaha nahihirapan ako magedit😆


Tagalog na lang ate ruffa mas maganda pa tagalog eh. Ako nga gusto ko ng gawin tagalog yung story ko HAHAHAHAHAA

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1 month ago

Ehhh, so waiting pa rin. Wag sanang mangangalansag na ako Laulau ha? No pressure 😜😜😂.

Ehh, parang maiba naiibahan ako ahaha taglish nalang kaya.

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