5 secrets to write better stories

Basically, when we love, writing is not so complicated. On the other hand, writing a GOOD story is already more difficult!

Two or three weeks ago, I was wondering how Pixar managed to release almost a hit movie every year. But when I read an article about Pixar Studios, I discovered that teams took six years to develop each film and devoted all that time to history.

In this article, you will discover tips for writing a story, but especially the essential secrets to write a GOOD story.

All I know about how to write a story
Since then I have been passionate about writing, I have never stopped thinking about how to write stories. I worked a lot and read volumes of books on writing. I have experimented with the many methods exhibited by the authors themselves, the screenwriters or the pros of dramaturgy.
The following ten steps are a digest of what I learned about how to write a good story. I hope these 10 points will make your job easier. They offer the opportunity to go further and take another step in your own exploration of how to write a story.

1 / Write in one session

Write the first draft of your story in as short a time as possible.
If you are writing a short story, try writing in one sitting.
If you are writing a novel, try writing it for one season (three months).
Do not worry too much about the details in advance. You can do it once you know you have a story to tell.
Your first throw is a discovery process. Act like the archaeologist digging in search of an ancient clay city. You have some clues about where your city is buried, but you do not know what it will look like until you've discovered it.
The only thing to do: CREUSE!

2 / Develop your characters

When writing a novel, most writers tend to create a character that corresponds to the plot they have imagined, and then to dive right into the exhilarating part of writing the story. .
But many forget the necessary existence of a solid "group of characters", the "actors" around the protagonist who give life to the book.
Giving yourself time for the planning stages of the novel to create a set of strong and realistic auxiliary characters will help your writing process.
Besides, knowing in advance which characters will be needed for this or that "scene" in your story during each stage of the plot can help you avoid white-leaf syndrome before you even begin
So, distribute the roles to your characters.

 3 / Create Suspense and Drama

To create suspense, introduce a dramatic question.
What is a dramatic issue?
Something like, "What will he do? Or "Will he become the man of his dreams? "Will he reach his goal? "...
By questioning the fate of your character, you force the reader to question the next events.
To bring this dramatic issue, voluntarily restrict the flow of information to the reader. Too much information at once would hurt tension and suspense.

4 / Do not say, show!

What does this sentence mean?
We have a tendency to say without showing. And worse, to say too much without showing. The readers are able to imagine themselves and to make an opinion without you chewing the work. Create an image in the mind of the reader.
This quote by Anton Chekhov best illustrates this formula

Do not tell me the moon is shining. Show me the reflection of his glow on a broken glass.



The house was run down and dirty.

The flowers in the front garden were faded a long time ago. The grass rose at the height of the knees. The painting of the window frames was peeling. When Sarah pushed the front door, a strong musty smell grabbed her. Moisture patches covered the hallway walls and the dining room walls. The floor was uneven and squeaky.

Well, I wrote quickly, but you certainly understand!

5 / Write good dialogues

To write good dialogues is due to two things: the intimate knowledge of your characters and a lot of rewriting
Each character must have a unique voice. You must make sure that your characters all have a different tone.
Read the dialogue of each character and ask yourself: does this replica "ring" like my character?
If your answer is no, then you have some rewrite to do!
By sticking to this technique, you will reduce the uses of "he says" and "she said" that one often tries to replace with other formulas "he exclaimed," has she said "and" he spoke vehemently, "but these are a source of unnecessary heaviness and distraction.
I hope you will make good use of these 5 basic writing tips.

I'll deliver the other 5 in a future article.

PS: a note to apologize to those who sent me emails and waited a little answer. You also certainly noticed that last Thursday, I missed our appointment! I flew to Montreal where I had a wonderful week. Montrealers are open, friendly and warm. A great trip!
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