Amazing Kids! Magazine

Ideas in Storytelling

By Celine Tien, Nonfiction Editor

 

We all have read those amazing stories where you feel as if you are right in the action: the sword in your hands, the tears trembling in your eyes, and the magic swirling through the land. It doesn’t even have to be action-packed to be adventurous. Stories can be found in wondrous worlds like Narnia, or in the heat of your kitchen at home. So what does it take to write a story that makes others feel that same emotion you feel when reading a great book?

Whether you want to try your hand at some creative writing for the first time, or you’ve just approached a writer’s block- here are some ideas for storytelling.

  1. Find inspiration everywhere
    Some of the most enthralling stories have come from a boy’s simple car ride back from school, or a memorable dream a girl just can’t forget. Find a moment or experience that inspires you to want to write about it- and do so!
  2. Live with your characters
    The most impressionable characters are those that seem to come to life. One of the greatest ways to have your characters jump from the pages is to imagine what it would be like to live with each of your characters for a day. How do they speak? How do they walk? What do they like to eat? Small details help you build the fabric of your characters.
  3. Outline your plot
    Everyone writes differently, but outlining your story often helps your readers follow your story more easily. List your characters, the settings, the time, and the main story plot. What happens? When? In what order?
  4. Open with excitement!
    Now it’s time to begin writing! Work on an eye-catching first sentence to captivate your readers from the get-go. Would you rather read a story that begins: Hi my name is John and I would like to tell you about my day. Or: “AHHHHHHHH!” John screamed, he was so late!
  5. Write vividly
    Here is a common writing wisdom: show, don’t tell. For example, when you write, you don’t have to say: Marie was so sad. Often, a more effective way to convey her sadness would be: tears rolled down her face leaving dark, salty streaks.

These are only five ideas to get you started. The most important advice when writing is to always be fearless! Write what you are passionate about, and don’t be afraid to explore your own writing when telling a story!

Be fearless, and write!