It allows you to not only weave an exciting tale, but also assists you in social situations where the skill of effective communication of events is necessary. To write a good story, all you really need is a pen and writeable surface, although a computer is preferred.
STEP 1: PREPARATION
You can’t simply plant yourself in an office chair and create genius (although if you can, I applaud you). The best way to get in “the mood” is to read others’ works. Articles, short stories, novellas and even web pages are just a few examples of well-written and informative sources of text. However, this is just the first component of preparation; you
also have to ready a writing zone. Your zone is an area most suited to unleashing your creative energies. This could be a quiet basement, or in a busy, bustling city café. It’s really just a question of where you feel most comfortable.
STEP 2: DECIDING ON A TOPIC & SETTING
Choosing subject matter that, most importantly, interests you is integral to writing a good piece. If you’re not passionate about a topic, the reader might perceive that your piece is dull and flat. You have a wide variety of time periods, locations and events to write about; your possibilities are only limited by the extent of your imagination. You could set your tale in a fantasy world, or plunge your readers into the far-flung future.
STEP 3: CREATING & COLLABORATING IDEAS
Once you’ve decided on a subject, now is the crucial planning phase. I suggest brainstorming all concepts and ideas, and then eliminating the worst ones that didn’t really gel with the rest of them. Normally, some sort of a diagram will help spur some original thoughts that you can use to establish the foundation of your story. Starting with a character name, for example, then branching characteristics of that individual off that bubble is a good start. Then, group your ideas into clumps of similarly-themed ones and you’ll have a great deal of pre-prepared information from which to draw the fabric of your narrative.
STEP 4: FIRST DRAFT
Now is perhaps the most important part of the entire process; the first draft. The first draft will provide the basic skeleton for the finished product, and its quality will give a good indication of how your ideas are working together. Don’t stress too much about minute details and spelling/grammar, this can all be rectified in editing and revision.
STEP 5: EDITING & REVISION; FURTHER DRAFTING
Next, carefully read over that draft, picking apart every conceivable error and rewriting it as you see fit. Fix coherency issues, misuses of phrases and words, and other such details that need to be revised. Once the spit and polish has been heavily applied, make sure what you end up with is looking like a decent finished product. If you’re not satisfied, redraft the piece entirely until you are. Continue drafting, and don’t settle for anything less than a brilliant piece of work.