So far in my Key to a Great Story blog series, I have discussed Character, Plot, World Building and in my last post I summarised how to use those three and figure out ‘when’ in your timeline you should set your story.
I have now reached ‘How? which in comparison is going to be a lot more generic. A lot of people might discuss the structure of a story as part of the ‘how to write your story’, but I talked a lot about this in Plot, which I recommend you go to if you are looking for structural assistance.
I didn’t discuss the ‘three-act’ structure at any point nor do I have graphs plotting how your build the tension, but that is because I don’t find them useful to everybody, and I don’t consider them myself. Given that this is a blog series on how I approach writing, I wouldn’t be able to explain properly how to use them and there are plenty of posts by other writers on the web that do, so I suggest you hunt them out.
The questions that I do ask myself when it comes to ‘How?’ include:
- Paper vs Computer – Planning, Writing, Editing
- Perspective – 1st vs 3rd
- Style – Mixing up different written forms
As you can see the questions I ask myself about how to tell my story are quite limited. However like with structure above, where I’ve already explained that I answer those questions in plot, a lot of my answers for ‘How?’ come from knowing ‘Who?’ as well. Without that I wouldn’t know the answers to perspective and to the style either.
What I’m going to start with in this series though is a piece looking into the actual physical act of writing – Paper vs. Computer.