Can you tell me a story

What is a story anyway?

A story wants the reader to chat (different from the report, which is supposed to inform the reader about something). That's why a story should exciting and lively be told.

It does this by incorporating literal speech, thoughts and feelings into the action. The plot of a story can either be fictitious or come from a true event. It is important that during the course of the action one Suspense arc arises.

Notice that there is also a story Introduction Main Part and Enough consists.

What is important in writing a story?

Before you start writing your story, here are some things to think about:

  • What should happen in your story? Think of one gross act. This will make your writing easier because you know what is going to happen.
    For example, should it be about a dangerous chase with the police, a scary detective story or would you prefer to tell a love story?
  • who should be part of the story? who is the main character? How should this be? A few considerations about the characteristics of your protagonist can never hurt, because then you also know how your character should behave in your story.
    If he is brave, he will not act shy and fearful.
  • Where and when should the story play? Time and place of the narration should be established before writing a story.

Further considerations

  • How should that end of the story look? Happy ending or a sad, maybe even open ending? Knowing how to end at the beginning of your story can help you avoid getting lost in the plot. Then you write targeted towards the end.
  • Already clear in the Introduction to the story the W questions: Who, what, when, where?
  • Also consider how you want to tell.
    For example, if the story comes from the First-person perspective written, you present what happened from your perspective and can therefore bring in your feelings and thoughts. However, you do not know what other people think and feel, you can only guess. Of course, you can also read a story from the He / She perspective tell.
  • Every story needs a headline. However, only think of one for after you have written it headline matching your story out.
  • Important: At the end, read your story again and revise it again if necessary.

If you are now wondering where to get inspiration for a story, the following is recommended: watch films, read newspapers / magazines, go through “what if” scenarios, let yourself go through everyday life or inspire your environment. A story doesn't always have to be about love. Perhaps you'd rather write about sports or talk about a criminal case.

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The plot of a story

The plot of a story should ideally be designed in such a way that the reader wonders what happens next. This is how you can do it:

  1. The rising action: At the beginning the people are introduced, the environment is presented and the conflict is already indicated.

  2. The conflict or the point of tension: the conflict is, so to speak, the "core" of the story and does not have to be a complicated murder. For example, it can also be "only" about a young girl who secretly loves a classmate and wants to confess her feelings to him at the school festival.

  3. The falling action or the resolution of the conflict: The conflict is resolved, the girl has now confessed her love to the boy. How does this react? What will happen? Does he reciprocate her feelings or is she just a good friend? The point here is to keep telling the story, to give it a fitting ending. This doesn't always have to be a happy ending. Sometimes a sad or open ending that is thought provoking can also grab the reader.

Flashbacks or predictions

In a story it is possible with Flashbacks (Recourse to the past) or Indications of future experiences to work. This is called discontinuous narration. This narrative form makes the story more entertaining and exciting.
In the case of continuous narration, one adheres to the chronological order of the plot, i.e. that no time jumps are incorporated here.

Example 1:

"No idea what you mean. I have no clue what you are talking about, "said Lukas defensively and turned his back on her. "You are lying!", Jana shouted and angry and realized that she was spreading disappointment in her. She knew that she had told Lukas, even if he was now claiming the opposite. She could still clearly remember the evening two weeks ago when she confessed her feelings to her classmate - and Lukas simply ran away. "You're a coward!" Said Jana, disappointed, turned on her heel and left the room.

Example 2:

If Jana had known at this point that she would later be happily married to Lukas and even start a family, she would not have howled her eyes because of him that night. But right now there was no more bitter and deeper pain than the one she was feeling right now. Lovesickness was really something unnecessary.

The language of a story

The language of a story is entertaining and livelySo don't always start sentences with the same word and try to incorporate adjectives (a dark corridor; a hot summer day) and adverbs (it ran fast; it started immediately). It's about creating tension and entertaining the reader.

So remember that you are in a story verbatim speech, guesswork, thoughts and feelings should definitely build in. All of this serves to liven up the story and help keep the reader reading on.

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Tenses in a story

The used Tense with a story is in itself freely selectable.
You can write a story in both Present as well as in preterite write. It all depends on whether you want to write about something that is currently happening or whether you want to tell something from the past.