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My story´s boring! What can I do?

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    Anonymous

    Anyone has sometimes the feeling “Gosh! My story´s so boring. What do I do wrong?”

    Nothing. You´re doing fine. It´s just the first draft, don´t push yourself too hard. You can make it better the next time.

    Nevertheless, here are some check-points:

    1) How does your story start? If it starts boring but gets really exciting later, re-write. Think: How can you make the beginning more excitingly!

    2) Who are your characters? Do they have strong points? Maybe a really cool hobby or ability? Or are they just anxious and can´t do anything?

    3) The setting. Don´t bore your reader with too much description. Let him/she just see a few spots and boost their fantasy with a great (but short!) description. Don´t bother discribing the whole home of the protagonist. Just try to catch, whyt they might see.

    4) The action. No, not that kind of James Bond action, but maybe a fight with a demon, a chase, a magic duel, maybe a romantic szene. You can make everything interesting, if you SHOW and not TELL. Even a szene in a supermarket can be interesting, if you show it.

    5) A story can be really great and exciting in your mind. But, most of the time, it won´t do on the paper. You have to think over your sentences over and over again. Here starts the hard work and maybe is the thing why your story isn´t going well: You have to write what you mean. Don´t write around the bush! Don´t discripe, why your protagonist feels like that in that moment or why she´s doing that instead of this. Just do it! Nobody´s asking you later, why you didn´t write the protagonists feelings about broccoli. Because nobody cares about the protagonists feelings about broccoli. Easy, isn´t it?

    I hope you feel the same as well.
    Sometimes it´s more easy just to write the story as of thinking about it.

    What´s with you guys, do you have any tips, how to avoid a boring story?

    #4776

    xaenyth
    Participant

    Great points fabienne!

    #4777

    Anonymous

    @xaenyth: Thanks. I hope it maybe helps.

    #4778

    Jani
    Participant

    I have the perfect thing for when this happens. Donald Maass does this thing on twitter called Breakout Thursday where he posts prompts, things you can do to your story and characters to make things a whole lot more interesting. There are also prompts that will help you improve your writing and make you look at scenes in a different manner. Seriously, go check it out.

    http://tinyurl.com/3l33uhm (I save the prompts in a post on my blog to make it easier to find)

    http://twitter.com/#!/DonMaass

    Hope it helps.

    #4779

    xaenyth
    Participant

    Jani – Those links are awesome. I think you’re my new hero. 🙂

    #4780

    Anonymous

    That´s so cool. The man´s a god! – And, yeah, Jani, you´re the hero of the day 😀

    #4781

    Jani
    Participant

    Woohoo. I’m glad I could help. I’ve got a printout with me when I’m writing, writing or revising.

    #4782

    jessicafriday
    Participant

    @Jani – Fantastic. Adding this to Evernote, now!

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