Who wouldn’t agree that successful novels and scripts are a matter of writing epic stories?
But what’s the exact process behind?
We’ve outlined a couple of steps and made this simplified step by step guide.
You don’t really need to follow the order. Just make sure to bookmark the resources we recommend and use them to do the exercises we’ll give you.
You need a good amount of work put in exercising.
Step 1: Reading plots
Reading plots of famous novels you’ve previously read will improve your ability to collect a good amount of what’s the healthy mix of events to make up an interesting story.
A good recourse you could use is Spark Notes. They have a catalog of literature case studies that ideally fit what you are looking for.
Definition of plot:
Step 2: Analysing plain plots
It’s now time to go to go to http://writingexercises.co.uk/plotgenerator.php and play with the green buttons to create simple plots.
Just push each button a couple of times and explore the different types of main characters, setting and situations, themes and character actions.
This will help you generate ideas or improve the story you are already working on.
Step 3: Write in one sitting
No matter how simple language you use or how many grammatical errors you do, write the plot of one simple story. Then do it again, and again, and again,
Consistency is a key and these exercises are the right way to improve your writing skills.
That’s a good summary of the key steps to help you start thinking and creating your first epic story.
A couple of recommended resources:
If there’s one book can only recommend, then it’s definitely On Writing Well. It’s a book that editors and teachers encouraged writers to reread annually in the manner of another classic on the craft of writing, “The Elements of Style,” by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White.
The author of ‘On Writing Well’ William Zinsser has basically one main message to all writers and it is:
“Write clearly. Guard the message with your life. Avoid jargon and big words. Use active verbs. Make the reader think you enjoyed writing the piece.”
You’ll rarely become a good writer if you only follow the 3 steps described in this blog post. What many writers do is attending writing courses. Here’s a nice resource with 10 universities offering free writing courses – http://study.com/articles/10_Universities_Offering_Free_Writing_Courses_Online.html. If by any chance the link is broken just go to Google and type:
“universities free writing courses”
We’ll be updating this post with additional tips and resources once we’ve approved them as a reliable way of learning how to write epic stories.
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