I will not bore you with sophisticated sentences that prove my originality and get your attention, only because this article is not about being original. You’ve searched for it and now you have them here. 7 Basic steps you need to write down if you want to have on your desk a short story for kids, teenagers and let’s stop right there:
First: You need to get from somewhere that brilliant idea that will definitely make all of those kids buzz around like bees at honey. So is there a hidden treasure from where you can pop up something for your three pages? Well maybe you could just consider this places: real life (I bet you knew that), other stories you liked in the past, or maybe one that was just as ugly as… The space is for you to fill in. And do you know that the best place to look for ideas is your imagination? Everybody has one, so just brainstorm for a bit. And after that a little bit more.
Second: After you’re done with step one settle the basics of your tale. Find that sympathetic character who definitely faces a problem. The problem is a must have and with that the character needs to be able to fix his problem at the proper time. Keep in mind to write down this steps.
Thirdly: Along with character we need to dig for a conflict. The main character always has demons and angels aside. In translation they are friends and enemies that will fill the empty sits for secondary spots, with different roles: to assist, to be the funny guy, the healer and so on.
Speaking of conflict if you have a problem, just make it bigger; the bigger the better. Just be sure you know the path of getting out of it. Don’t dig a big hole and leave the ladder out.
Forth: Concerning the plot, you need to have in mind, that you don’t want a series of events happening, but rather a chain, just because it’s always based on cause and effect.
Just get the story going and then the episodes of meeting friends plus enemies, face obstacles, learn a lesson or two, prepare for the great waited battle, will follow, have to follow. Celebrate victory, problems solved, with forgiveness dialogs, party preparations, wedding ceremonies.
Fifth: Now it’s about time you will be planing the scenes. The first line of the story needs to be hypnotic to the readers eyes. You don’t want to have a half-way reader. He needs to be all in, and for this reason your first sentence/sentences are highly important and critical.
Every event, needs to have a beginning, middle and end part. Important events need more space so don’t squeeze them. Have a good balance.
Step six: With the above mentioned, get a coffee and start writing your wonderful tale. I could say right at this point that with my first book I did none of this steps. I’ve sort of had them inserted in my mind, and that can happen when you read a lot.
Seventh: Check your story for grammar errors, misspellings and most of all details you missed on the process of writing. Incorporate those and off you go.