How to Write an Impactful Story by Swati Verma, Founder, Miss Zesty and KIDDIANS

Story writing is art. Some stories leave an everlasting impact on us, while some are forgotten easily. Some stories feel new even when we read them again and again, at the same time, we often fail to finish certain stories.

So, what is it that makes any story impactful?

We are being taught about different elements of a story but we often miss the part where we can learn how we can enhance those parts of a story.

There are different elements of a story:

  1. Characters
  2. Setting
  3. Plot
  4. Conflict
  5. Resolution
  6. Themes
  7. Morals
  8. Symbolism
  9. Point of view
  10. Perspective
  11. Pulling it all together

All of this is important. What is more important is to elaborate, not elongate. Writing more is never equivalent to writing good.

Be it the characters of your story, the plot, the conflict, or your point of view, the most important thing is to make sure that you focus on each of the following. Instead of simply running to the next element.

Simply writing the name, age, or built of your characters can never make the readers connect with those characters. Always remember no one is flawless, and therefore even the protagonist (the central character) in your story cannot be a super perfect person.

The most important skill to learn is the “Art of Acknowledging”. Acknowledge the emotions, acknowledge the flaws, and share them with your readers.

Whenever we read about any incident or a situation or a problem, we as readers wish to know what was going on in that person’s mind, what was he/she feeling, how he/she controlled various emotions. Description of emotions is what makes any story relatable. When a writer learns to acknowledge his/her emotions and learns to express them freely, that’s when the readers start connecting with the writer.

No matter what the emotions are – fear, love, hatred, happiness, sorrow, jealousy. It is this ability of a writer to acknowledge his/her emotions that gives strength to the readers to connect and learn from every story written. 

For Example:

When your story shares that someone missed their school bus, the readers want to know how he/she felt then, what were the thoughts in that character’s mind, how he/she behaved in that situation.

If someone is lost, you need to make sure that you describe the emotions appropriately. 

The best way to do so is to put yourself in your character’s shoes, think about how you would react, what you would feel. Make sure to consider the characteristics of each character in the story. For every situation, each character will react differently.

For example:

If one of your characters is a carefree person, who lets fate take its course and does not really plan things. This person might or might not panic in crisis because such people often believe that whatever happens, happens for good. 

On the other hand, if another character in the same story is a responsible person, he would think and plan a way out to the solution.

Surprise and spontaneity is the key. Maybe the person who appears to be carefree is a careful thinker and is very calm. Maybe he comes up with a better solution.

So, this was our first session where we have talked about the art of story writing and we will keep on sharing more such articles with you in this series.


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