Developing a Story of Creative Writing

Developing a Story of Creative Writing

For developing a story, you don’t have to be super-creative to come up with a good story. A story from your own life, or someone else you know, will do just fine. In fact, all a story needs is direction and conflict.

Direction and Conflict

Direction and Conflict
Direction means the story is goes toward an end point.
Conflict means that there is a problem which needs to be solved in the story.


Good stories by students are very simple. They start with a simple idea and work toward an interesting ending.
The easiest way to start a story is to start with a ‘low’ and go towards a ‘high’.
This means that you start with something that is normal and build towards something more exciting.
All good stories have lows and highs.

Examples of Highs and Lows

Examples of Highs and Lows
Lows: Describing a person, Feelings, Ordinary things, Going to work / school, Meeting friends, Going to a village,
Walking through a field, Talking to Mum / Dad
Examples of Lows and Highs
Highs: Explosions! A Fight! A Wedding! A First Kiss! A Death! An Emergency! A Crash! A Sudden Change!

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Too Much of a Good Thing?
Be careful:
Stories can’t stay at a high point the whole way through.
This is because, after a while, the reader gets bored of it.
Lows are important too; they help set up and make the reader care about your story,
By building towards a big ending – it means that your reader is excited by the end of it, not bored.

Think of this Way…for Developing a Story

If someone tried to surprise you:
The first time it would work
The seventh time it would not
The same thing happens in story writing.

Conflict of Developing a Story

Conflict caused by a problem or an event
Stories need a conflict which is solved by the end.
Types of conflict can include: Conflict between characters, A personal conflict, Conflict caused by a problem or an event.

Examples of Conflict

Examples of Conflict
Conflict between characters
e.g. Two men in love with the same woman.
A personal conflict
e.g. Does not want to do his homework tonight, but knows he has to
Conflict caused by a problem
e.g. Pipe is broken, the bottom floor of house is flooded

Putting it Together

By putting our direction and conflict together, we have what we need to make a story.
Let’s look at an example. Two men at work, ordinary day. They look over to a box of donuts, and realise there is only one left! They grab each other by the shirt, they wrestle, but neither one can get it. One steals the box, hoping to get away. He takes staircase after staircase, and finally, he escapes. Only to find… the donut is already gone.

Summary of Developing a Story

summary of direction and conflict
To write a story all you need is direction and conflict.
So if you don’t know where to start: think of a problem, and think of how it could end. There’s your story.

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