by Mary Grace Galenzoga

Get Started
The best way to start making a good story is to write it down on a piece of paper. Write your ideas about your character, the setting and what it’s all about. You can write down any number of ideas and story lines that you can think of, whatever topics they can be. Just to get a feel for the story you want to grasp. And to write a story on paper you’ll have to take these few things in consideration;

Write a catchy first Paragraph
Writing a good first paragraph to your story will always be one of the hardest things to do. If you don’t make the first paragraph catchy enough, it can never grab the reader’s attention. The first paragraph will pitch your story as a whole; it must give the reader a feeling of wonder and curiosity to finish the whole story.

Developing Characters
Character development is also a key in making your story, to make a great protagonist you will have to develop not only a name but also details that shape the character. Such as his family background, history, work, age, hobbies, religion, personal beliefs and many more. You have to create a character that is almost alive.

Choose a Point of View
The point of view of the narrator is also important making a story. The first person point of view is told in the eyes of the protagonist. And with this type of writing will put the reader will relive the event and experiences of the protagonist. The second person point of view is in the perspective of a participant in the story. The third person point of view, also known as the omniscient point of view, is a story told by a narrator who knows what is happening and what the characters are doing.

Write a Meaningful Dialogue
Always remember to write a good dialogue for your characters, make it meaningful and yet with a bit of mystery. You can show your readers what the character are feeling with their dialogue but not too much to give the story away.  This can be very important in digital stories because the voice actors must also act what the writer’s intentions are for that dialogue.

Use Setting and Context
When describing the setting of the story you have to at least take in account two or more senses. This can apply to your description of the time, location, context and the environment. You have to include enough details top let your readers imagine the place or the actions of the characters. Make the readers experience the setting as how the protagonist experiences them in the story.

Set up the Plot
The plot is one the important points in any stories. If you don’t have a strong enough plot, the story will most likely fail to materialize. There are several way to approach a plot, some can be mundane and others very exciting. What is important though is that they will be defined by the characters, their conflict and the events that unfold all around them.

Create Conflict and Tension
To create a good conflict in a story, tension must be formed between the protagonist and the antagonist. The antagonist in the story may not be always a person; some forces can be antagonistic to the protagonist in internal and external ways. That’s why a protagonist can always be in conflict with another individual, his environment, Society, a malevolent being, a religious figure or to himself. Sometimes a good way to keep conflict exciting is with mystery and allure.

Build to a Crisis or Climax
The crisis or climax is the turning point in the story. It is the peak of the conflict and will decide to what direction the protagonist’s will go. A climax will also motivate the end of the conflict between the protagonist and his antagonists.

Find a Resolution
Resolution is the end of the story and in some cases the rebirth of the protagonist.  This happens when the conflict between antagonist and protagonist is concluded; this can go in both the antagonist’s favor and the protagonist’s favor. They can be clear-cut and direct or they can be subjected to the interpretation of the reader. What matters is that this story has ended and the conflict is done.

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