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First Steps to Writing Your Story

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    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Choosing the Right Type of Story

    • 3. Narratives Are a Big Deal

    • 4. The People Involved Matter

    • 5. Inspiration and What to Do With it

    • 6. Let's Write Together

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Here I explain my process and tips I've used to help me with my writing, feel free to comment and add your class project.

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Gaby Perez

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My name is Gaby and I'm an eighteen year old collage student from merry old Mexico. I've been into creative writing since I was old enough to pick up a pencil, and day by day I've been refining my style, one day I'll finally be able to call it perfect.

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1. Intro: Hi, My name is Debbie, and I'm here to guide you through the very first steps off, writing your story I've been into writing since I realized anyone can have an idea, read it down and create their own people in places out of just their imagination. When I was 14 I found an online writing community, and I realized there are so many people who love to read and write and just let their ideas run wild. This really encouraged me to start writing my own stories and not being afraid to express myself in this class. I'll talk about the right type of genre for you and why it's important to decide that the type of narrative that best fits your story, characters and character profiling and what to do with your inspiration, as well as give you a class challenge to get your started on your writing. I don't consider myself an expert. When I started, any type of advice was greatly welcome. And if I can share the little bits I've learned and encourage someone to start their store , I'd be more than happy 2. Choosing the Right Type of Story: First and foremost, you should know that anyone can write a story if they put their mind to it. We all have to start somewhere. You'll never know if you're good at something. If you never try. Planning a story takes time and dedication and most importantly, a golden mind. But if you're someone who just wants to dive in but don't really have a clear picture of where to start, the first thing you should do is figure out what type of store you want to it. There are Manny genres you can choose from, but let's take a step back and try to pinpoint toe what you like and the tepid books you gravitate towards. Because if you don't like what you're writing, how can your reader There are mysteries and dramas and these air fun and exciting to create , because you have so much room to explore and experiment with your ideas. But if you're into love stories and heartfelt books, you could try romance or teen fiction. Now Team six are one of the most popular genres to work in their being made into movies and TV series, or don't be fooled into following a trend forget what you think will sell or what's in the now that will never allow you to find the joint right. But also don't be put off by the genre just because it is teen fiction. There is no reason for not to have a deeper meaning. Even young adult could be the journal you work in. Although very similar to teen fiction, it can deal with a lot more mature subjects. Writing is really about what you like. It's about exploring your ideas and just getting out of your head once in a while. 3. Narratives Are a Big Deal: Now that you decide on genre, it's time to choose your writing style or narrative. This is a very important part of creating your story because it's not just the way you write your book. It's how your characters will tell their story through you. There are three main narratives used in books. First person. This type of narrative is one of the most popular. It lets you convey your character, stocks, actions and important events from their point of view. Some even go the extra mile and break that fourth wall, acknowledging someone is listening or, in this case, reading. You can have a lot of fun with this narrative, but at the same time it has its limitations. Your reader will only see the story through your characters, acts and know what they know. You can also add a lot of plot twists and surprises to make it even more interesting. Second person. I think this is one of the least used narratives, but it doesn't mean it's any less useful. This type is mostly used to tell a story through letters and notes, acknowledging the person it's address, you will breed one of the most popular books in this narrative is perks of being a wallflower, where the main character sends anonymous letters to an unknown person. It's a unique way of getting into your main characters head, But that's the thing about writing. Everyone has their own way of expression. Third person, my personal favorite third person can give you so much more to manipulate and a broader point of view. This is like an inside look into your characters world. Your reader not only gets thoughts England's is from your main character, but from supporting ones that may have an effect on the story. And if you so wish, the reader may know of situations and plot twist to come before your character does. This narrative is most useful and complicated genres or plots, because what your main character sees might not be the whole story. With this tool, no details should be spared. These were just some basic waste Inari. But always remember, the story is yours. You make the rules. There is no right or wrong way to write. You just do 4. The People Involved Matter: we all know that characters enter to growth are the reason we read and write. They connect you to a story and grab your heart until they have you wishing they were real . One of the simplest ways to create your character is to use a character profile. This will allow you to list key factors that make your characters real from their physical aspects to their personalities. You want to create a character that's relatable and falling at the same time. Even a simple character profile can really help you construct and know the person you're writing about. This is one of my preferred character profiles. It's simple, it's short and it really gets to the point. It starts with origins and family book characters are really extensions of ourselves. We all have our origins and our families. These are things that shape a person throughout their life, and it's no different for made of people citing parents and siblings. And the relationships can make you think about the person you'll be writing about why they are the way they are, who hurt them, why they're happy or why they can't be up, want to get lost into their minds. It's honestly like having the whisper in your ear, defining your characters. Physical aspects also matters, no matter how much we were preached about acceptance, and her outer shell does not define who we are as a person. We all do at some point whether it was reason they were bullied or well liked, or if it's simply to write down how much taller he or she is in person. Knowing the physical aspect of your character matters here, we can try and create one together so we'll start by choosing a random knee. I usually have a list of notes on my phone with a range of different names from gender type or cultural preference. Now nickname is part of character profile because we're trying to make them seem real. Nicknames are getting on a first name basis with our character. It can be one Onley their parents use, or one that's often mistaken as her name. We all have a reasons Fernie and our characters are no different. Birthday is also one of those things you can give a lot of meaning or none at all. Now, Star Sign is something I consider to be a writer's tool because it's an easy way to create a character's personality by simply going off a horse scope. Now, age and gender really depend on the type of story. You're right from here now, as you can see, it's all about your characters backgrounds one you will decide based on the type of story you're right. 5. Inspiration and What to Do With it: one of the most important parts about the process of right is cultivating your ideas and crafting them to make a story. Inspiration is a pretty important part, but it's not everything. Inspiration is not just that groundbreaking movement where suddenly the angels sing until you step by step, how to write a good story. It's also knowing what to do with that inspiration and how to make it work. You may have heard of writer's block, and even though I myself have suffered the lack of inspiration ideas, they're everywhere. You just have to pay attention. You may suddenly get a spark while listening to a song or watching a movie even while reading an active imagination can make nothing into everything, Which is why it's important to write down your ideas. As simple as it may seem, it's important it can lead to being one of the greatest ideas you've ever had. Memories are fickle, and there's nothing. I'm writing stuff down inside of a pretty notebook, so get yourself one 6. Let's Write Together: Now comes the fun part. Your class project will be to create your own character profile. I have left the guy down. Pillows. You can get an idea of what it consists of. Try to really get into your character's head. Whether it was an old one, bowling in your mind or when you made on the spot, try to make them real and have fun.