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Writing takes Time

It helps to plan out your story in advance. Get your ideas in order in Part 1, start writing in Part 2, and then learn how to polish your story in Part 3.

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Part 1 - Planning the Story

 

 
 

Where does the adventure take place?

   
   

A remote place on earth?

In the future?

In the past?

An imaginary place?

 

   
 

Who is the main character?

   
   

Girl or boy?

Age?

Where do they live?

What do they look like?

   
 

What is the main character’s goal?

   
   

Is he/she on a quest to find something or someone?

Is he/she taking a journey to get somewhere?

   
 

Who are the other characters that can help the main character?

 
   

A friend?

An animal?

Other? (robot, bug, ghost, etc.)

   
 

What is going to make it difficult to reach the goal?

 
   

Are the surroundings working against the main character?

    (dense jungle, abandoned house, etc.) 

Are there bad guys who want to stop the main character?

Is your character missing important items for the adventure?

    (money, map, supplies, a way to get around)

Does you character lose some important items?

 
 

Now that you know what difficulties your characters face, give the main character at least one talent or interest that will help him or her overcome the difficulties.

 
   

Talent (soccer, dancing, solving puzzles, etc.)

Interest (reading, drawing, rock-climbing, etc.)

 
 

Pick the most difficult or exciting event they face. 

 
   

You will save this until almost the end of your story.

 
         
         
         

 

Part 2 - Writing the First Draft

 

 
 

One way to start is to write a paragraph describing the main character and his or her ordinary life.

 
   

This helps the reader picture your character.

 
 

Next, lead into the adventure.

 
   

How does the character find out or decide they are going on an adventure?

Do they find an old map? Get a message from someone?

 
 

Start the adventure and then write down what happens in order.

 
   

Don’t worry about making the sentences perfect or adding in all the details you need. Your goal in this draft is to get the story down on paper, so you have something to work with.

 
 

Describe the most exciting event you picked out in Part 1.

 
   

In good adventure stories, the reader worries the main character will not be able to complete the adventure.  Add in danger and trouble here.

 
 

Let the main character reach the goal.

 
       
 

Wrap up the story.

 
   

Figure out how the main character will get home.

 

 

Part 3 - Editing and Revising

 

 
 

Add in more details.

 
   

Readers like to know what characters are feeling, seeing, hearing, smelling and tasting. Imagine yourself in the character's place. What would you be thinking? What would you see?

 
 

Trouble writing it all down?

 
   

Say it out loud to yourself or someone else as if you were just telling a story.

 
 

Check your spelling, grammar and punctuation.

 
   

Your readers won't be able to concentrate on the story if they are distracted by too many mistakes.

 
 

Have someone else read your story to see if it all makes sense.

 
   

Sometimes writers know their own stories so well, they forget they have left out important details the readers need to know.

 
 

Let other people enjoy it. Enjoy your accomplisment!

 
   
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