We are still working on types of nonfiction in language arts. For now, we are focusing on “how to” writing. What did Grace choose to write her sample about? Well, fantasy, of course! 😉 And here it is…
A lot of people don’t like writing, mainly because they can’t think of a good story or idea, especially kids in school. You know, the whole “write a four page story with at least three characters” thing. Well I’m about to make that a lot easier for you, if you’re willing to pay attention.
How to Write a Captivating Fantasy
First off, you’re going to need something to write with, and something to write in. You could use a computer and its default writing program or a pen and paper. I prefer a computer for neatness purposes.
Then, you need a plot. The plot is the main idea of a story. Let’s say your story is about a teenage girl who discovers she’s the last of an ancient Martian race. That would be your plot. The plot needs to be interesting, but not too complicated. Sound hard? It’s not really, just take it one step at a time.
After that, you need good characters. You want your characters to be just as interesting as the plot, so people don’t lose interest. Give your characters personality. That would give the story more body. You don’t want your characters to be boring!
You also need to think of a villain or problem. Without one, the story would be boring. Would you like to read a story about a girl who moves to a new school and gets friends and is having a great time? No! You want some sort of path-blocker to make it interesting. Again, boring is no good!!
Also, make sure your story is fantasy, or completely unrealistic. If you write about an elf who goes on a dragon hunt, you’re writing a fantasy. If you’re writing about a girl who goes camping, you’ve got realistic fiction. Fantasy needs to be completely unreal.
Finally, you need a satisfying ending. Never leave the reader wondering or they’ll get frustrated with your story. The best way to end the story is with a bang, or with some sort of belly-busting satisfaction. Say you’ve been fighting a snotty witch who stole an ancient artifact, and you leave her shouting, “I’ll get you next time, I swear it!” but you know she won’t. That would be a good ending that leaves the reader satisfied.
If you follow these steps, you should end up with a well-written fantasy. And remember, always keep it interesting.
More posts to come!