Some stories take place in consecutive scenes not far apart in time. In such stories, everything that readers need to know is available in those scenes. Then there are other stories that occur all over the temporal map: present scenes and scenes from the childhood of the protagonist that are required to understand the current story. To create coherent stories of such story, flashbacks are needed. To write flashback effectively, you need to:
Have a trigger that ignites flashbacks
Memories rarely arise out of nowhere; something in the present must trigger them. For instance, the smell of flowers could remind a character the gift he presented to his girlfriend. Therefore, when writing flashback, ensure that there is an external stimulus that pushes the consciousness of your character into the past.
Have a trigger that brings back your character to the present
Just like there is a trigger that ignites flashback, there should be a trigger to bring back your character to the present. For example, say your character is remembering how his friend died. You can have the sound of rain outside in the present at the end of the flashback scene.
Keep the flashback brief
Chances are you are using flashback to get across one important point. Therefore, cut it down to its important moments. If readers have to read many pages of backstory, they will not understand why you didn’t just include the flashback into the longer time frame of the novel.
Do you know how to create a good story? Today I will take you through the process of creating one. Before we begin, you should know what a story is.
To keep it simple, a story is what happens to a character.. For example, the following is a story of what is happening to a character I have just created:
Irene lives in London with her boyfriend. She has recently noticed that her boyfriend is cheating on her and she has decided to kill him and commit suicide. After all, life has become meaningless. To her, days no longer bring joy and laughter, but pain and suffering.
After knowing what a story is, you should know how to create a plot. A plot is how the story happens. It is a foundation of a story which the settings and characters are built around. A good plot must organize events and information in a logical manner. It should have clear motivation, a clear structure, an outcome and subplots.
To create good stories, you must exercise regularly. All people have ideas but only a few can turn them into stories. Therefore, exercising regularly help writers to get their stories started. Writers should think of the exercises as breakfasts that people take each morning before they go to work.
Last week I wrote an article about the daily routines of successful writers. My argument was that almost all people can do great things if they develop better daily routines. Today, I will look at some important characteristics of successful creative writers. In order to be a great writer, you need to have the following qualities:
Rich in vocabulary
No one enjoys reading the same words over and over again. By having a wide range of vocabulary, one avoids being repetitive. Writers who are rich in vocabulary always have words that perfectly fit into different situations.
A good writer should be able to communicate using simple and understandable language. Clarity enables effective communication and allow you to connect your readers with the characters in the story.
Keen to detail
Good writers should ensure they pay attention to what they are presenting and identify any grammatical errors that may be in their work.
Passion for reading
A good writer is one who can be able to read widely. Writers who read extensively understand bolts and nuts of writing (such as tone, syntax, framing, etc.)
Open to Changes
A good writer does not give a deaf ear to any suggestions that may come their way. Suggestions may inform and improve your work, making it more impressive to the reader. Being open-minded enables the writers to view their writing from a different angle and make it more appealing