Story Writing Tips

Here are some tips to help you with your story writing.

Choosing a topic for your story

The Tell Me a Story writing competition is an open competition, which means we accept stories on any topic and genre. Select a topic that appeals to you, so you put your thoughts and your feelings into it. If you like the topic and the story, there is a good chance that someone else will like it too.

How to start your story

When you select a topic for your story, imagine what you are going to include in it, make notes and then write a draft. Just write as much as you like at this stage. You may extend it or shorten it later. Write with passion, so your story flows and is interesting to read.

Consider the following elements:

  • An opening that captures the reader’s attention;
  • A complication (something happens);
  • Details to make it more exciting, amusing or interesting for the reader;
  • A resolution that is likely to satisfy the reader.

Improve your story.

This could involve, rethinking, rewriting, expanding, cutting out, or filling-in details. Reread your story to check that all parts make sense, and that you haven’t assumed that the reader knows what you know.  Remember to check spelling and grammar.  When you finish typing your writing, check the number of words in your story, as it must not exceed the maximum limit.  The number of words can be much less than the maximum limit, if this is your choice.  

Show your story to someone

This could be a family member, a friend or a teacher. They may give you some good advice for changes or corrections that would improve your story further.

Good Luck!  And keep writing!