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HOW I WRITE A STORY – Like we said in the RANGERS: "It may not work for you, but it is just one technique!"

Many people have asked me how I write a story. Everyone has an idea for a story at some time in their life and they want to put it on paper. Here is the process that I usually employ:

I usually get a spark of an idea for a story. The TaDa Moment, An Epiphany, if you will.

Sometimes, I will write it then, but usually I make a mental note to write it later, when I have a ‘quiet moment’ in my life and I can focus on the story itself. This time is usually on Friday or Saturday night, after everyone is in bed fast asleep.

I try to write when I am tired.

“WHAT?”

Yep! When I am tired, my logical mind doesn’t focus on semantics, spelling, punctuation and little things that distract my creative mind.

Now that my sub-conscious mind has had a few hours, a few days, or a few weeks, developing the story, I am ready to write it. If I get too tied up with the details, I lose the story. So I sit down at my computer, lights off except for one near the computer. Sometimes I even turn that one off and type by the light of the monitor.

Than it begins.

My ‘creative mind’ has polished the apple of my story to a fine sheen and it is ripe for the picking. I get comfortable and begin typing the first sentence. I let the story flow and try not to anticipate what I will write next.

I concentrate on the keying in the words in my mind and the story appears as I am typing. Usually, I am reading the words as they are typed, as if I am reading someone else’s story. Not critically, but in anticipation of what is coming next. Not forcing the next sentence or paragraph, but rather wondering what is coming, how it will turn out.

When I was writing my 3rd book: “Blue Angel Planet,” I was so caught up in the tension of Brodie falling off the cliff, I couldn’t stop typing until I found out how it ended. I was so scared, that she and Archie were going to tumble off the cliff, two thousand feet to their death. I didn’t know how they would get out of the mess they were in. Something in my sub-conscious brought information from another book to the fore and TaDa!

Sometimes I get caught up in the story and hit a snag. I stop and read back over the story and the flow usually picks back up. I don’t worry about fixing anything wrong, except letting MS WORD suggest a few misspellings and working on them. That allows me time to change my thought process for a few minutes without getting too much into my analytical mind.

Very seldom does the final story end up as I had planned, I have to let Millie (My Muse) interject her thoughts on the story. It almost always adds that little bit extra that I did not think about. But hey! That is what writing is all about, ‘THE MAGIC!”

NOW MY STORY IS DOWN ON ELECTRONIC PAPER

1. I begin to work, by letting MS WORD ‘suggest’ corrections, like punctuation, spelling errors, semantics, tense, and fragments. You know, those little pesky analytical things that get in the way of the creative process.

2. Then I sit back and read it through. I make corrections to make it flow better and add details to clarify anything that, ‘I,’ as the reader need to know. ADD! ADD! ADD!

a. Add detail

b. Add clarification

c. Add answers to questions that you, as a reader, want to know.

3. Once I have it reading well, I read it out loud. Does it still sound good? Make corrections.

4. WAIT!

5. You are done for now. Let it set till you are rested and work on your story again.

6. I let my analytical mind take over. Usually the next day, when I am fresh and can study what I have written. Make more corrections.

7. When it is perfect, as far as I am concerned, I read it to my wife. J She usually stops me a hundred times, asking questions about this or that. I make notes in the story, of her questions, or just fix it right then, as I am reading the story to her.

8. Once we are both satisfied that the story is perfect, I usually present it to my peers on, Http://FanStory.com and get feedback. Make more corrections.

9. This helps me look at the story from the eyes of another writer. I have a few close friends who are wonderful writers and they challenge me to make each story better with some great ideas on development and content.

10. After it has passed through the “Peer Review,” I usually publish it on my website at: http://www.authorsden.com/joemeans

11. Or at my website at: Http://millieandhoney.com

12. When I get an especially good piece that I feel is a winner, I get with a friend like: Morgen Bailey and set it up on her website, for others to see: Http://morgenbailiey.com. She also does reviews, and it gets your work out there.

13. Twitter, Facebook – two great places to show your friends what you have done J

14. GOOD LUCK!

Whatever technique you use, it is just that, a technique. What works for me, may not work for you. The biggest thing about writing a story, book, poem, or whatever you want to do, “JUST DOES IT!”
[I don’t want to infringe on Nike ]

Write, write, and write some more! DO THE NEEDFUL!
You have a story!
It NEEDS a voice!
DO IT!
Give your creation the life it begs for. Once it is done, then the work begins. There are millions of articles out there on how to improve what you have already written. BUT, you have to write it before you can improve it.