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Your Voice Through Stories!

By Sophie Nadel, Writer’s Tips Editor

 

Throughout history, authors have found powerful voices for themselves through writing. Stories educated the public about issues within society and motivated people to act. One example of an author who used the abilities of story to express his beliefs is Edward Bellamy, who wrote his book Looking Backward in the late 1800s to combat the Industrial Revolution. As a result, new organizations formed with the purpose of making the dream he expressed through his writing a reality. Clearly, stories can hold much power, and words certainly can change the world. Here is some advice for how you can write your own world-changing story!

Brainstorming

Begin by making a list of several issues that are important to you. Your subject can be anything, as long as you care about it. For example, you might feel inspired to write about bullying or pollution. Don’t reject any ideas that come to you during the brainstorming phase because when you select your topic, you will want as many options as you can think of. To help you, turn on the news for a little while or ask your parents and friends for ideas. They might be aware of issues that have not even crossed your mind! When you have brainstormed for a suitable amount of time and have developed a list of potential topics, review your list. Of which items can you make a story? Which choices inspire you the most?

Personal Experience

The more personal the topic of your story, the more of an impact it will make on your reader. For example, if your topic is bullying, imagine a time when you were being picked on or if you ever saw someone else struggling against a bully. Apply your senses: What did you see, hear, or feel? Tap into whatever anger you felt when you actually start writing. Actual experience will enhance the story and make your writing more realistic, thus communicating your point so much more effectively. Your audience will be able to sense your passion as they read, increasing your chance of inspiring them into action.

Research

It never hurts to do some supplementary research into your topic of choice. However, your story should not just be a list of facts. Try to find creative ways to incorporate real information into your plot. For example, if you are researching the effect of pollution in the environment, avoid announcing facts like, “Birds are choked by garbage in the ocean.” Show this to the audience instead. Maybe your protagonist encounters a bird tangled in plastic on the shore of a beach. Even if the information you find does not end up directly in your story, your knowledge will help you portray your topic accurately.

Hopefully, with these tips, you will be able to spread awareness of topics important to you and rally your audience to support your cause. Writing stories might not seem like a world-changing skill, but it is undeniably an excellent way to let your voice be heard.

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