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Tips for writing a story

Before you start writing your story it is a good idea to do some planning. If you already know who your characters are and what is going to happen, writing your story will be easy!

Characters

Think about the characters in your story. Who is the story about? What are they like? Use the list below to help create your characters. Write down some ideas for each thing on the list.

  • Personality – Is your character funny or serious, brave or cowardly? Are they naughty or do they always try do to the right thing?
  • Looks – Does your character have long, straight hair or short, curly hair? Are they tall or short? Maybe they wear glasses or have a favourite t-shirt.
  • Likes – Does your character like playing sport? Maybe they have a favourite food or TV show.
  • Dislikes – We all have things we don’t like. Broccoli! Spiders! Mondays! What does your character dislike?
  • Strengths – Can your character solve maths problems really fast? Or do they know the name of every single Pokémon ever? Maybe they have superpowers…
  • Weaknesses – There might be some things that your character isn’t very good at. Maybe they can’t run very well, or they might be really forgetful. Even superheroes have weaknesses.

And remember: you don’t need to list these things in your story. But it helps if you have a clear picture in your head of what your characters are like.

Plot

What is going to happen in your story? What do your characters want to achieve? They might be travelling somewhere or trying to solve a mystery. Think about how their personality might affect what happens. This is also when you can think about the setting. Where does your story happen? It could be at home, at school, or maybe on another planet!

Problem

If your characters get what they want or arrive at their destination right away it won’t be a very interesting story! You need to add some problems for them to solve. Maybe a nasty teacher gives them detention after school, or they need to fight a dragon. If there are characters trying to stop your hero you might want to go back to the first step and think about what these baddies are like.

Write!

Now you have everything you need to start writing. It doesn’t matter if you can’t remember how to spell a word or something is a bit mixed up. You can always fix things later. And if you get stuck, take a break! Go for a walk or watch some TV, then come back to your story with fresh eyes.

Edit

When you have finished your story it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to read it. You might have left out something important that only someone else will notice. Or maybe there is a really good bit that you can make even better! Once you get some feedback, take another look at your story and see what changes you might need to make.

Tips to support writing stories

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