How to fix a broken story

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What can you do when a story you are writing is not working? This slide share looks at things a writer can do to improve their story.

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How to fix a broken story

  1. 1. Presented by © Jeni Mawterwww.literaturelive.net
  2. 2. What is a story?Story = what characters do (action) + in a place (setting) + at some time (event).
  3. 3. What must a story have?A character (s)A plot
  4. 4. A broken story
  5. 5. How is this story broken? Think about … 1) character 2) opening 3) action or plot 4) ending
  6. 6. Characters can be people or animals.What story has a character like this?
  7. 7. Other Types of CharactersAnthropomorphic Mythological
  8. 8. Other Types of Characters Science Fiction Fantasy
  9. 9. We have to care about characters Characters have human thoughts, wants and feelings. What character don’t you care about? Why?
  10. 10. Characters must want somethingWhat might these characters want?
  11. 11. Characters go on a journey Characters change through the course of the story. Does the character have to change? Yes! Change means: Emotional Psychological Physical Intellectual
  12. 12. PlotPlot is the action of the story.Things happen.Things must go wrong.
  13. 13. Plot continued …What complications can arise?
  14. 14. Stories have beginnings, middles and endings Beginnings must hook the reader. Middles cannot be boring. Endings cannot be predictable.
  15. 15. How can we fix character? Character Profile  Name:  Age: What does the  Family:  Friends: character want  Personality:  Likes and the most? dislikes:  Fears:  Secret:
  16. 16. How can we fix the opening?  Start with action or a problem.  Unusual or interesting.  No clichés or expected openings.
  17. 17. Opening SentenceHook your reader.Write an interesting opening sentence.
  18. 18. How can we fix the plot? What does the character want? What is stopping him/her from getting it?See ‘What if?’ in Activity Pack
  19. 19. How can we fix the ending? The ending must make sense with the story. No clichés.
  20. 20. Summary: To fix a broken story Character - Care? - Want something? Opening - Hook? - Start with action or problem?
  21. 21. Summary: To fix a broken story Plot - Boring? - What stops the character? Ending - Clichéd or predictable? - Not relevant to the story.
  22. 22. Questions www.literaturelive.net

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