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STEPS TO WRITING SUCCESS

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Seven Steps to Story Writing Success by: Jen Mcveity

Step 1: Plan For Success

(Start with a bang, slowly build up the tension and end on a real high point)

Start where the action is, with a bang
Plot Development
Gradually build up the tension
End on a real high point

Step 2: Sizzling Starts

Tip: Start where the action is. Not at the beginning of the day where nothing is happening. Begin right in the middle of the action to hook your readers.
Step 3: Tightening Tension

Tip: Visualise the scene in your mind. Use the five senses as a guide – What did you See, Hear, Smell, Touch, Taste. Start strong, but save your best arguments and persuasive techniques for near the end.
Step 4: Dynamic Dialogue

Top Tip: Include quotations from experts, real words from a victim, concise sayings from famous people. Get rid of the boring bits.
Step 5: Show Don’t Tell

Tip: If I tell you I am generous, do you believe me??? No way. But if I buy all 20 raffle tickets to help cancer research, are you more convinced? Actions really do speak louder than words.
Step 6: Ban the Boring Bits

Tip: Ban all mention of bus or car trips, breakfasts and beds. (Unless of course you want something mysterious to happen to one of your characters while they are eating breakfast in bed on a train!!)
Step 7: Exciting Endings

Tip: First lines and last lines are what people remember the most. Be powerful in order to persuade

 

Interactive Plot Diagram (Try planning your draft along this diagram)
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