Creative Writing Introduction – Session 3 – Page 1

Forming a Story

You’ve been doing some amazing writing work so far. To help move you along a bit now, in this session, we will take a look at some of the ways of bringing a story together.  Once again, don’t worry about what kind of writer you want to be or what style you want to focus on – this is just about the basics of bringing your writing together.  We’ll also introduce the process of thinking about what happens ‘first’, ‘but then’, and ‘finally’.  This will really help whatever kind of writing you want to get into so take your time with this.

The sections that we’ll look at this time are:

  • Brainstorming a Story
  • Setting
  • Characters
  • Sequencing your writing
  • Adding Transitions

So, let’s get going:

1. Brainstorming a Story

Choose three emotions from the list below that remind you of a memory from your life and write one sentence about each.

JoyPrideEnvyWorrySorrowExcitement
SurpriseFrustrationAngerFearRegretBravery

Now choose one of those memories and think about the following:

  • Which part of the story is the most interesting?
  • What was important?
  • What was the biggest problem/conflict?

Now start to fill that memory out into three parts of a story, writing one or two sentences for each part.  Use these headings to help you:

  • First…
  • But then…
  • Finally…

(Note, at this point, this isn’t about creating the flow of a story – just random sentences).