Creating a Believable Story
As you sit in front of your computer, or as you sit with pen and paper in hand, you may be wondering one of the most universal of all writing related questions: How can I create a believable story?
Through this article, you will be provided with some essential tips to assist you in the construction and the creation of a believable, as well as an entertaining story. Armed with this information, you will be in a better position to write a story that will not only be realistic, but will be far more meaningful to a reader than a piece that is now rooted in a sense of truth.
The first factor that you need to keep in mind, when it comes to creating a believable story, is that expert and experienced writers all agree that you should only write about what you know about. You have to have some basis for building a story that is based on your life experiences, for that story to be believable in the final analysis.
Along these same lines, you also need to come to an understanding that you know more than you think you might on first blush. For example, if you have spent any time alone in an isolated place, you actually will have some of your own life experience, which you can draw upon to write a tale about being on a long space flight.
Another technique that you will want to keep in mind, when it comes to learning how to write in a believable fashion, is the importance of reading. You can learn a significant amount about believable writing when you read the work of other writers. On your list of writers or authors, that you should read as part of your education in the art of believable writing, should be those great authors that have gained acclaim through the years. You will not want to focus on the dime novelists who really do not spend a great deal of time in the creation of their manuscripts.
In order for a story to be believable in the eyes of a reader, it is absolutely vital that the characters themselves contained within a story be believable themselves. In this regard, the first step that you have to take in regard to your characters is developing them so that the reader will have feelings for these characters. These feelings can be positive or negative – but, the manner in which you develop your characters must draw an appropriate emotional response from the reader.
In addition to you developing your characters as individuals, a believable story depends upon your characters acting appropriately to their own circumstances as well. For example, if you have a particularly aged character, you cannot have that character doing things that would be unnatural or impossible for an older person.
Beyond the characters, you need to focus on the scenery and settings that you utilize in the development of your story, to ensure that your entire effort will be believable. One major problem that often occurs in a story or a novel is in incorrect description of an existing place. For example, if you are writing a story set in London, you need to make certain that you describe appropriately and accurately major sites and locations in the city.
One of the most fundamental tools that you will want to make use of when it comes to creating a believable story is the outline. The outline process can work to help ensure that your final written piece is believable on all points.
A good many writers actually do not bother to take the time to outline in advance, the beginning of their efforts at writing. In the end, unless they are very experienced, these writers that do not outline, tend to end up with confusing and disjointed final products. Worse yet, in many instances, their final manuscripts simply do not read in a believable manner.
Another tool that you will want to be sure to utilize when it comes to working to ensure that you write in a believable manner, is the revision process. Of course, there are some writers that “get it right” in the first draft. However, these types of writers are few and far between. Therefore, if you really want to ensure that you have written a believable story, you will want to spend time reviewing and revising what you have done.
Beyond revising, you will also want to make sure that you engage in a thorough editing process in order to ensure that you have created the most believable story possible. Once again, there are some writers that do not devote enough attention to the editing process. However, if you truly are interested in making certain that you have created a believable manuscript, you need to edit closely and thoroughly. You need to come to understand that editing is not only to make sure that words are spelled correctly and so forth. Editing is also intended to make absolutely certain that the words you use make sense in their entirety, that the words you select and the story you created is believable.
Finally, before you attempt to get your story or manuscript published, you will want to consider taking one additional step to make certain that you have created a believable text. You will want to consider having someone you trust and respect – a person who understands writing – read your text. By letting another set of eyes take a look at what you have written, you will be better able to ascertain whether or not you really have created a believable story or manuscript.
By taking the time to come to an understanding and appreciation of the pointers, tips and suggestions contained in this article, you will be in a better position to ensure that you will be capable of writing truly believable stories and manuscripts that will be well received by your readers. You will be able to create stories and manuscripts that will gain you respect and admiration as a writer.