Today, in preparation for StoryADay May I’m sharing one of the peptalks I recorded for the Superstars Group last year.
(Superstars is a year-long mastermind group and community, but during the challenge they also get enhanced content, just like this. Find out more about Superstars here.
This lesson is particularly useful going into StoryADay May, as some days you’ll need to get your story written quickly. I don’t give you a topic, but I do give you a method for getting your story written. Combine it with the Short Story Framework!
Write A Story In 40 Minutes
Audio Only Version:
- Use the short story formula from yesterday to help you brainstorm.
- Set a timer!
- Spend 5 minutes, for brainstorming
- Spend 5 minutes writing an opening.
- Spend the next 20 minutes complicating your character’s lives. Look at every individual action your characters takes, and imagine what’s the next domino that would fall because of the action they took or the thing that they said.
- At some point during this 20 minutes your writing will begin to flow and you’ll start to understand what this story wants to be.
- At the end of that 20 minutes, begin to write your climax and resolution. (You may have to type ‘[transition to ending]’ and move along, if you’re running out of time and haven’t written everything you wanted to write.
- You’ve been working on this story for 30 minutes! You have 10 minutes left.
- Now think about how you want the story to end. Do you want it to be a happy ending or a sad ending? If the character achieves their goal, it might be a sad ending, but not necessarily. If the character desired something that was wrong for them, and doesn’t achieve it, that could be a happy ending!
- Make sure there is a moment in the story where the character makes a big choice that exemplifies the change that they’re making through this story.
- Spend 5 minutes wrapping up the story in a sentence or two, then spend the final 5 minutes thinking about your opening and ending lines. Do they feel like they belong to the same story? Can you tweak them now to hint at the theme?
- Then take the rest of the day off!
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Leave a comment to let us know what you wrote about today, and how it went!