How to start a story: from the idea to the structure in three acts


How do you create a story? Where do you start? Here is a guide to develop an idea for a story, build the main character and choose a path.
We see in this article the fundamental elements of creative writing and the main rules. Don't be scared, they are not complicated.

How to write a story - The idea
How does a story begin?
Many stories we have heard begin with three magic words: "Once upon a time ...  We add: Once upon a time ... a character ! Because we need a subject to help us tell it.

What should a story tell? 
Stories must have in them a meaning to be transmitted, or a significant event that manages to express a precise vision of life about a theme.
History = event that expresses a vision of life.
We must use the character as a vehicle to tell a series of events that express a precise vision of life about a particular issue.

What must the character of a story do? 
To express a precise vision of life, a character must tell us about a significant event that happened that changed his vision of life. He must tell us how this event changed his behavior and pushed him towards a path of personal growth.
So, an event happened and the character reacted to this by doing something meaningful that changed his outlook on life.

The change of thought
The ultimate goal of the story is therefore to achieve an existential change of the character (and to tell the whole journey by provoking specific emotions in the public).
Showing a change of a character means that we must not show the only vision of a character's life, but how that vision of life in the character is established (or rather how it will be established, given that the story has not yet happened but we must create it ).
In practice, we must tell how this sort of "moral conversion" of the character will take place.
What we need is to tell a path (based on a series of events) that can change the way we see the character's life.

How to write a story - Where to bring the story
The path of growth (of moral conversion) of the character
How to make this journey of inner growth happen?
We must use conflict. A story must tell of a character who wants something (he has a goal) that is prevented by a problem. In order to reach the goal, therefore, the character must face the problem and overcome it.
The main problem of the character is fundamental to understand what kind of story we want to tell. It leads us to discover the "theme of history" we want to tell.
History must push the character to make "choices"that lead him to solve his problems, in order to reach his goal (desire). And what are the difficult choices? Those who push it in one direction: in front of danger , or in front of its deepest fears.
The path of the protagonist, within the story, to create interest in the public, must be explored by choices that bring him closer to his strongest desires and at the same time to his deepest fears. Therefore, it is necessary to put the protagonist in the balance between his desires and his fears, so that, if he wants to fulfill his desire, he must take a risky and impervious road, in which he will have to face his deepest fears.
We have to tease him a little, bringing him closer to the goals he has set himself, so as to encourage him not to give up, and putting him in difficulty, through the affront with his fears.

What should a story generate for the public? 
The curiosity to know how the challenge between the character and his problem for the conquest of the goal will end.
This is the crucial point that drives the reader to continue the story, because he wants to find out if the protagonist will reach his desire or he will succumb to his fear giving up forever.
And being so structured, at any point we wanted to interrupt the story, the story would leave questions open, which would create in the listener the desire to know the other, to know the answers and get to the end.

The end of the story
The story must NOT tell meaningless experiences of the character's life (for example, he must not tell what a typical day is like, unless he is a superman and his days are very interesting). He must recount experiences that profoundly touch the character in the moral, social and human sphere, that touch and modify his scale of values.
It is important that the stories have a meaning for the protagonist , who must find a message to the public by finding it and understanding it in the end of the story .
It is not a concrete thing, it is something internal (a particular meaning) that the character understands through the experience he has lived.

How to write a story - The essential elements to create a story
The elements that make up a story
In order for a story to be interesting in the eyes of the public, it must be designed with solid foundations, which we will now analyze.
The first clarification to make is that the most used narrative technique , both for novels, cinema, TV and theater, is that which divides history into 3 acts. And I would like to use this method, which I also use when I write, also to help you assimilate information to the fullest.

Structure in 3 acts (a modified version of McKee)
The subdivision in three acts that I will go to exhibit, in the next article, is based on the version created by Robert Mckee, a great Hollywood master, which is a version in turn modified by another great master named Syd Field.
Let's analyze by order the elements that make up these three acts. Let's start from the beginning, with the first act .

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