Story Instructions

 

Step One:

Free Write and Brainstorm. Sit with a blank page and a timer. Set your timer to 5 minutes. For 5 minutes fill a blank page with your idea. Don’t lift your pen off the paper (or fingers from the keyboard). Just keep writing. Share some of your ideas, and in your post discuss how you felt during this process.

Step Two:

Put your story into a plot point outline. Post your story outline for all of us to comment and help you! Point form ideas are fine!

Exposition:
Who is your story about? Where are you? Who is your main character? What do we need to know about them before the story begins?

Point of Attack:
What is the problem or the conflict that our main character faces? Only have one problem. The whole story as it rises should link towards this problem. What is the overall goal (super objective) of the main character?

Rising Action:
Rising Action are the obstacles that stand in the way of the lead character to reach their goals. There should be two obstacles the main character goes through before reaching the climax. These obstacles intensify the key problem but do not introduce a new one!

  1. Rising Action One
  2. Rising Action Two

Climax:
This is where the third obstacle is introduced and the main character fights for their main goal. The outcome of this final challenge determines whether the main character achieves or does not achieve their overall goal.

Falling Action
The new reality. How has life changed now that the main character has won or lost the battle? (In most stories the lead character does succeed, however this doesn’t always have to be the case).

Resolution
Tie up all lose ends within the new reality and end the story hinting at the future to come.

STEP THREE:

Do some research to back up your outline from step 2. Provide citations to back up your points. This should be similar to a research round in an inquiry project. Aim to cover your topic overall or the first few sections, ‘exposition;, ‘point of attack’ and ‘rising action’.

STEP FOUR:

Do some research to back up your outline from step 2. Provide citations to back up your points. This should be similar to a research round in an inquiry project. Aim to cover your topic overall or the second few sections, ‘climax’, ‘falling action’, ‘resolution’.

STEP FIVE:

Put your story together! Can be in draft form 🙂