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Tips to the Aspiring Young Writers: How to Write and Finish an Entire Story

April 15, 2015

Writing is sometimes very therapeutic. Other times, it’s an escape or just a hobby that you love to do on the weekends. Whatever your decision about it, writing can be made into something that is beautiful. A lot of that comes with practice and having solid ideas. Regardless, the thing that is needed is the completed story. There are many different ways to make sure this gets done. Now everyone has to be willing to enforce it, too. This may require you to ask your parents or a friend to encourage you. Writing is not something that has to be done alone. 

Make an outline:

  • This is key to the actual story. It helps your writing when you know what you want to talk about next. This means that the more details you include, the easier it becomes to actually make it a story. If your outline has majority of what you need to make a plot, filling in minor details about the characters or interactions become easy. It also helps with deciding if the story you want to write will actually make sense or is feasible. You also get the ability to know at least where your character is going, so you can decide how to actually develop the plot. Making your story complex yet understandable, is important to be a good writer.  

Know your characters:

  • Just like the outline, this is something that has to be done before you actually start writing. You need to decide everything, from the names to the type of personality they have, to the number of pets. A lot of this can reflect the writer personally, but the characters need to come to life. If you don’t know what type of person the main character is, if they will have a romance, if they have a tragic backstory, etc., you can’t make a story. Don’t value the main character over the others, though. Oftentimes, it’s the minor characters that make the main character change or alter the plot considerably because they aren’t who you expect to do so. Everyone you choose to bring into the story has to matter, if for nothing else to distract the plot for a minute.

Just write:

  • When it comes to it, you should have a goal when writing. It could be 100 words a day or 10 pages a day. Whatever it is, you need to just write. This means DO NOT EDIT UNTIL YOU REACH YOUR GOAL. You don’t need to go back and change anything. You can stop mid-sentence. In this phase, do not do anything with that backspace button. Just write and then, maybe you’ll find that sentence you stopped goes somewhere else. This should just be a basic writing goal, and you need to stay committed. Ask someone to help you keep up the goal and help you thrive in the time you need to accomplish it. Don’t take a month to write one article if you so choose to write one because you decide to do other things. You can get busy, but don't avoid everything in the story because you want to watch Netflix instead. Writing is a commitment, but it should be fun.

Don’t be afraid to start over:

  • If it’s boring or just not good, begin again. Or better yet, change the idea and make it better. Talk to friends to help advance. Do what you want to make it better and make it important. If you can’t stand it when you’re editing, say goodbye. There is no need to stress and suffer with something that you can’t stand but think needs to be there. This seems like the most obvious of it all, yet you’d be surprised at how difficult it is to throw something out that you spent a lot of time doing. 

Stay focused:

  • Sit at the computer or in your quiet room and just get it done. This helps with stories or papers. It won’t be any good if you wait too long or don’t pay attention to it. 
Taryn H.
BW/PV TAG Member 
Tags: writing

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