8 Things to Do First to Write a Successful Story in 2023

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Starting how to write a storyline on paper or your computer is not an easy thing. It is one of the most difficult challenges for a writer. That's why today I decided to share with you my experience by giving you the eight(8) things you should do before starting to write a story. These excerpts come from my ventures, and I want to share them with you so that you can write your first line of the story correctly.

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1. Capturing ideas. The first step to being able to write a story is to have a story idea. Simple plot concepts can give you good results in writing a story. Everyday events that you observe or experience can inspire you to write stories. This concept can stand used as a title for a novel. For example, you see a girl sweeping the yard. It can be a story idea on par with "The Girl Who Sweeps the Garden." If the title doesn't work for you, you can replace it with another title.

2. Writing in your style. The next step is to write it in your style. People who can read and write can do this. That's what beginners are sometimes reluctant to do. Pessimism is already haunting them, even though they haven't tried. How can you do it if you don't even try? Writing in your style means writing in the style you're used to. It also means writing as much as you can. Yes, as much as you can. You don't have to force yourself to write in the style of Khalil Gibran, for example. If you can only write for 2000 characters, that's great. That's the process of getting to a short story of 7000 characters or more. If you like writing narratives only, that's good. If you write a lot of dialogues, that's also good. Everything is good. The important thing is to produce writing.

Even if you've already started to write a novel, story, or flash fiction for the first time, don't be afraid to try different voices and styles of your choice. Experiment with various writing techniques, ideas, and story structures. Keep what works for you, and discard the rest. The way you write will help you create your own rules for your story.

3. Creating the opening paragraph. The first thing you write is the opening paragraph. Creating an opening paragraph doesn't need to be complicated. However, it's important to note that this section is as important as the short story's title. Some liken this section to a mannequin in a shop window. That means it must be attractive so that the reader hooks on keeping reading.

4. Assembling the plot. The next step is to continue the opening paragraph that has already been written. Stringing together event after event. Dialogue after dialogue. Narration after narration. The plot will form itself. Just write what's in your head in your way, and the writing will become smooth. If it's just narration and description, that's great. If there are a lot of dialogues, that's good too. It's all good. If you can only write 2000 characters, that's great. You should try to write, write, and write some more. Eventually, you will be able to reach 7000 characters or more.

5. Creating a concluding paragraph. The concluding paragraph is also very important. How a story becomes complete is influenced by this part. If this part, called the ending, is good, then the short story can be boosted into a good short story. This part can be written with a closed ending, an open ending, or a surprise ending.

6. Settling the writing. After the short story has been written, it can be settled first. The time can be short or long. It depends on the writer. This setting aims to give a pause before editing.

7. Editing the writing. The short story that has settled is then read again. This is to find out punctuation errors, EYD, story logic, and so on. Make enough edits. After that, the piece is ready to be presented.

8. Write also, learn again, write again, and so on. Don't be satisfied after writing one short story. Don't be satisfied after someone thinks your short story is good. Don't be satisfied after the short story published in the print media. And so on. Write again, learn again, and write again.

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