Begin planning your narrative story. Create a Google Doc and share it with Mr. Capretto. Requirements of the Pre-Writing Document:
Sequence of Events: In a 1500-word story you need to be very selective about the sequence of events. Too many events and your story will read like a grocery list. The fewer the number of events the more descriptive you can be about each event. Feel free to use an outline or a web (google docs have a great drawing feature).
Characters: 1-5 characters are reasonable to include in a short story. There can be other people, who are mostly names. Ask and answer at least 20 questions about your main character. Suggestions:
- What is his/her deepest secret?
- What is his/her biggest fear?
- What does he/she want more than anything in the world?
- What is his/her pet peeve?
- What is his/her biggest fault? (everyone has faults)
- More Questions
The main conflict: Any good story has conflict, as Kurt Vonnegut said, "No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters are, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of."
Take-Away Message/Theme (optional): Many stories are about more than just the plot; they invite the reader to consider greater ideas like justice, individuality, social change, forgiveness, etc. Consider making a greater purpose to your narrative.
The Rest: Where, when, and other details.
Future Problem Solving Scenario Writing
If you are interested in submitting your writing piece to a contest, please consider the Future Problem Solving Scenario Writing. The full description is in the link below. Basically you are taking one of five FPS topics and developing a story about what the future may look like.
Scenario Writing Details