Read the story, analyze it, pay attention to the verbiage, the content structure… everything! Make your title shine: Okay, listen… your story title is the most powerful weapon in your arsenal, so make sure it really packs a punch!
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Bottom line… it must stand out! Stick to the classic story structure: Alright, now that your title has drawn the reader, how do you succeed in keeping his attention?
Simple… get your character into trouble. Of course, trouble can mean different things depending on the genre: it may be physical danger, emotional dilemma etc. Make your ending scintillating and satisfying: This is an absolute must. Put simply, your reader should nod in agreement with your ending, without feeling that the story ended too soon. A resounding ending makes for a scintillating story.
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Sign in Get started. Nov 20, Never miss a story from The Writing Cooperative , when you sign up for Medium. Give them a goal. Your character needs to do something.
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Example : She wants her husband to get help. The conflict is present in the attack, and also in his unwillingness to contact the relevant people for fear of losing his clearance.
Add sensory detail. Senses are what help us relate to our surroundings and helps the reader relate to our story.
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These are all sights and sounds we are familiar with. I am using your sensory memory to paint a picture. I also made the first sentence very long, I wanted you gasping for breath, just like my character. I am using your senses to tell my story. Find your theme. What is behind your story?
What are you really writing about? Sometimes I know this before I know how I am going to tell the story.
I have been wanting to write about PTSD for a while now. Our prompt was Going Home. The two seemed to match. I wanted an unhappy homecoming. I wanted to turn that around.
Symbolism is a brilliant tool to use. It does a lot of the heavy lifting for you. I used the American anthem to drive home my point. Good intentions, ending badly. The fact that it is incredibly well known helped a lot. One scene. Reduce your setting to only one. This scene starts and ends in a bedroom with an en suite bathroom.