General tips about Writing a Story in English.




General tips about Writing a Story in English.

Checklist

Writing a story requires a beginning, a rising action, a middle or climax, a falling action and an end.

You must remember the following:

  • 4 paragraphs minimum (1 background information, 2 are the main parts of the story and the final 1 is the climax or key moment of the story)
  • Give your story a title
  • Use the words given to you (you can’t change them at all): you can choose where to insert them (at the beginning or at eh end of your story for instance).
  • Don’t forget to use the past tenses to tell stories – in most cases (past continuous for description: The sun was shining… / past perfect for events prior to simple past: She had locked the door before she left.).
  • You can use contractions (haven’t, doesn’t…)
  • Include some direct speech when possible (She asked: “Why aren’t they here yet?”)

Useful Expressions

Time phrases

meanwhile…

shortly afterwards…

before it all changed…

not long afterwards…

eventually…

in the end…

some time later…

later that day…

once upon a time…

Dramatic effect

all of a sudden…

suddenly…

out of the blue…

out of nowhere…

without warning…

unexpectedly…

just at that moment…

quite unexpectedly…

as if from nowhere…

Direct speech

“…” she said

“…”  she whispered

“…” he promised

“…”  he announced

“…” she thought

“…”  she screamed

“…”  he shouted

“…” he cried

Ending / concluding stories

In the end…

In retrospect…

After all that had happened…

When it was all over…

Looking back now…

After all…

Template for Writing a Story in English.

(Starter sentences / Story openings)

By the time he reached the house, they had left.

The night sky was full of stars…

They shared a secret that no person could ever find out.

The train stopped suddenly inside the tunnel.

It had been weeks since I had last heard from him.

It was raining that day…

Anyone in this situation would have done the same…

It is often believed…

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