leap day

Bad luck

In Scotland, it used to be considered unlucky for someone to be born on Leap Day, just like Friday 13th is considered an unlucky day by many. In Greece it’s said to be unlucky for couples to marry during a Leap Year, and especially on Leap Day.

How to Plan and Write Your Story

Continue  to write your first draft of your descriptive narrative.

Brain-storm!! PLAN, PLAN, and PLAN some more.

“One day my friends and I went for a walk…”

See some suggestions/guidelines listed below.

It all starts with ideas, but where do these ideas come from?

  • What has happened in your life or to someone you know that would make a great story?
  • What kind of stories do you like to read?  Could you write the same type of story (without copying)?
  • Do you want your story to be funny, sad, adventurous, or filled with impossible events?  What events would create these types of stories?

 

Plan out your story on an organizer.  Think about the following:

  • Who is your main character?  Remember the main character is the person, animal, or thing your story is about.  Every story starts out with the main character.

Who is your main character?

What does she, he, or it like or dislike?

What is your character’s personality?

What does your character look like?

  • Who are your supporting characters?  These are the main characters friends and enemies.  They can also be characters that help move the story along.

Villians are characters that block the main character from reaching a goal.

Allies are friends who help the main character reach a goal.

Mentors are wise characters that help the main character.

Jokers are characters who bring humor to the story.

Remember when planning your story that characters can change over the story.

A villian might start off as evel and then decide to help the main character solve the problem.

  • Think of an interesting conflict (problem) for the main character to overcome.

The bigger the problem is the more interesting your story will be.

Don’t let the main character solve the problem right away.

Before you write, decide how the problem is going to be solved.

The main character should solve the problem.

Don’t have someone or something come in at the last part of the story to save the day.

  • Decide on the plot, or sequence of events, that happen to the main character as he, she, or it tries to solve their problem.

Start the story by introducing the main character, the setting, and the problem.

Next, tell how the main character goes about solving the problem.

Think about having the main character meet his enemy or friends.  What obstacles are in his way?

Did he, she, or it learn any lessons along with the events?

What is the big event in the story, or climax that leads to the solution to the problem?

Bring the story to a close.  This is a good place to give out rewards or punishments to characters.

  • What is the setting of your story?

Where does your story take place?

When does your story take place: past, present, future?

Will the setting affect your main character or how the events happen in the story?

Remember a setting can also create an atmosphere.

  • Now that you have an overview of your entire story think about how to place the events in your story.  There should be a beginning, middle, and end.

Make sure that your beginning, middle, and end transition into each other.

The events should make sense as the story moves.

 

Write your rough draft.  Remember to just focus on getting your ideas on paper.  You can always go back later to fix or improve upon your writing.

 

 Edit,  Edit,  Edit, and Revise your work.

Check your work for spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

Check your work for words you may have repeated too often.

Read your story to yourself out loud.

Remember that YOU may know what you meant, but your reader might not.

Be sure you gave enough detail to fully explain.

 

Publish your story.

 

Race to Nowhere

Well worth the time.

“RACE TO NOWHERE is a close-up look at the pressures on today’s students, offering an intimate view of lives packed with activities, leaving little room for down-time or family time. Parents today are expected to raise high-achieving children, who are good at everything: academics, sports, the arts, community-service. The film tackles the tragic side of our often achievement-obsessed culture, with interviews that explore the hidden world of over-burdened schedules, student suicide, academic cheating, young people who have checked out. RACE TO NOWHERE asks the question: Are the young people of today prepared to step fully and productively into their future? We hear from students who feel they are being pushed to the brink, educators who worry students aren’t learning anything substantive, and college professors and business leaders, concerned their incoming employees lack the skills needed to succeed in the business world: passion, creativity, and internal motivation.”