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					Knowing how to write a story is a skill that every student has to learn for academic
essay writing and examinations. Throughout your academic career at every level you
are required to write a story, from a very young age right up to GCSE and A level
English.
  In fact the real thing being tested is often not really the story itself but its
construction and the way in which it is written. So mastering the art of story writing is
a very important skill and one that will actually serve you throughout your life, as it
contains elements of writing and structure that are essential to all forms of writing,
and will come in extremely useful in the future.
  How to plan a story
  Planning is integral to story writing, because the questions are often quite open
ended, giving you the opportunity to create as broad and complex a story as you like.
The important thing is to remember what your time limit is and not to be
over-ambitious about the amount of content you will realistically be able to write, and
write well, in the time.
  Remember that you will not be awarded marks for the actual events that happen in
your story, but for {the manner in which they are described, so it is strongly
recommended to pick a fairly simple story with only one or two major occurrences
that you can really describe in depth and linguistic detail, instead of a very complex
tale in which so many exciting happenings occur that you barely have time to squeeze
them all in and risk running out of time at the end before finishing your story. The
most important thing of all is to always finish your story.
  Story writing stages
  The structure of a story varies from that of other academic assignments, and it is
advisable to split your plan up into sections accordingly. It is therefore advisable to
start with 'introduction', in which the characters and situation are introduced, followed
by 'build up', in which a problem or tense situation arises, then the 'climax', where the
most dramatic part of your story occurs, followed by 'resolution', where the problem is
solved and 'conclusion', which cleverly ties up the loose ends and finishes your story.
  Under each heading jot down the main events you want to happen in that part of the
story, and add any exciting vocabulary, metaphors, images or similes you will include
when writing it.
  Writing
  When writing your story it is common to write too much in the earlier sections and
run out of time at the end, so make sure that you split up the time available equally
between the different sections of your plan and stick to these time limits strictly.
Remember when dividing up your time to save yourself an extra ten minutes to check
through at the end for spelling and punctuation mistakes.
  When writing your story, remember to focus much more on the way you are telling it
than the events themselves. A very detailed and sensory description of a beach at
sunset with two people walking along it can be worth far more marks than a sketchy
account of an explosion at a nuclear power station or an alien attack that simply tells
us what happened without describing it.
  Story writing language
  So focus on your language, as this is central to successful, high-grade writing. It is
advisable to use lots of adjectives and adverbs, never describing a thing without
telling us about its texture or colour, its character or emotions.
  Never describe an action without telling us in what manner it was carried out as this
adds a whole new dimension to your story, and must be included if you want to earn
top marks.
  Remember to describe things using the different angles of all the five senses
鈥?don't just tell the reader what things look like, but also what they smell, sound,
taste and feel like, as this will really draw them into the story and make it come alive
for them.
  Other linguistic methods like metaphors, similes, imagery, alliteration,
personification, and onomatopoeia will all help to raise your grade, so think carefully
when you are writing and add in as many exciting effects as you can.
  Samantha is a writer for OxbridgeEssays.com who specialise in custom dissertations,
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