How to Write a Story: The Art of Storytelling

The 5 Sins of Storytelling + 8 Free Narrative Writing Prompts

Storytelling is the greatest asset of any writer. Our job is to not only tell a story in a narrative form, but do it in a way that’s entertaining enough for readers to keep turning pages. If we don’t do this properly and hone our narrative writing skills, we risk losing our audience forever—and agents and publishers aren’t big fans of writers who have no audience.

That’s why we’re giving to you The 5 Sins of Storytelling, a FREE download with specific advice on the most common ways writers hurt their stories and how to avoid these mistakes. Engaging story writing is the most essential part of the writing process—you can have all the good ideas you want or a solid story structure, but if you don’t tell an amazing story then your chances of getting published are DOA. Enter your email and get instant access to this FREE download on how to write a story.

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Quick tips for storytelling including the 5 sins of storytelling you want to avoid. All in this exclusive free download.


Sneak Peek: Tips on How to Write a Story

As a bonus to The 5 Sins of Storytelling, you’ll also receive 8 narrative writing prompts designed to help you work on your story writing skills and narrative techniques. These prompts will help you story board, allow you to practice your narrative paragraph writing and structure, and give you opportunities to write stories that are entertaining. Here are four examples of the exercises provided in this FREE download:

Narrative Structure: A Simple Conflict

Create a brief scene in which conflict is apparent between two characters. The conflict can be small, say, over a choice of restaurant, or large, such as a divorce.

Narrative Techniques: Past Tense vs. Present Tense

Write a scene between a cop and a driver he’s pulled over. Write it in present tense and then rewrite it in past tense. How do these tense shifts alter the tone of the scene? Which works better here? Why?

Narrative Writing: Revealing a Character through Details

Go to a public space and choose one detail (of appearance, gesture, voice, action) for each person you observe that reveals something important about that person. Write a scene in which details reveal character.

Narrative Voice: Eavesdropping On a Conversation

Go to a public place where you can overhear but not see people nearby—a café with booths or public transportation work particularly well—and eavesdrop on a conversation. Write down as much of the dialogue as you need to establish the relationship between or among the speakers. Is there a power relationship? What is the nature of the information being passed? Is it merely chat, is someone trying to persuade, is there a conflict or does one of the speakers have an agenda? Can you individualize the speakers from their words alone?



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