HOW TO BE A GOOD STORY WRITER PLANNING * Plan your ideas first, using a planning frame so you know where the story takes place, who your characters are, what will happen to them, how the story ends and how the characters will feel at the end. WHILE WRITING * Make the story have a purpose. What has the reader learned from the story? * Try to use all the senses when writing description (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell). * Vary the openings of your sentences. (e.g. verb + ing) * Use a range of sentence structures to add interest and impact to your story e.g. short sentences can increase the tension. * Have a surprise ending to the story. * Refer back to the opening as you write the last line. * Put in clues about what will happen at the end. AFTER WRITING * Read your writing back to yourself as if you were the reader. * Rehearse sentences in your head or out loud and make corrections. * Make sure that the story makes sense. * Proof read your work carefully.