A Manual for Story Creation
© 2012 by Glen Ten-Eyck
Writing begun 09/27/12
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Writing a story or novel is both an art and a craft. The art will not carry a story if the craft of the author is poor. The reverse is also true. A tale must engage the reader. Even if the idea is great, poor execution of the writing will kill it. It needs both the craft and the art working together to carry the story.
This manual is intended to provide both the basics of the craft of story creation and some of the artistic points that will help to make a story into one that people will WANT to read.
To begin with, you need an inspiration. This can be ANYTHING. It could be a scene that springs to mind. It may be a vague idea of the sort that goes, “What would happen if?” It may be what seems to be a complete idea with at least some characters and the situations that will occur. It may simply be a desire to write about a person or place.
What the inspiration is does not matter. What does matter is that it makes you want to write. That is what writers do. They write. It sounds obvious but many a fine story has been lost because the person who had the idea did not do that simple thing.
Its time for a reblog of this (I was sure I had reblogged it in the past but it seems not, I am disappointed in myself) but this is an excellent guide to writing.