fvbulosity asked: How do you keep your stories from sounding boring ? Like , every story hits the dry patch , but how can you incorporate each of your ideas FOR the story INTO the story , at the appropriate times before giving your writing the chance to sound boring ?
The first thing to keep in mind—and this is extremely important—is that no one is ever going to see your first draft. The first draft is for you to figure out what this story is about and who these characters are, so it’s okay if it isn’t perfect.
The number one mistake new writers make when they venture into writing a story is that they don’t have conflict in their story. Conflict is the engine that drives every story, and without it, you don’t have a story. There are two kinds of conflict your protagonist needs to have: internal and external. External conflict is the thing happening in the character’s world that is forcing them out of their comfort zone, and is forcing them to make decisions. This could be parents divorcing, it could be an alien invasion, or it could be getting accepted into Yale. In each of those scenarios, there’s an opposing force that creates the conflict. Internal conflict is the thing happening inside the character, often dovetailing with the external conflict, which further affects their decisions. It could be wanting to go with the mom but fear of hurting the dad’s feelings, it could be wanting to fight the alien overlords but being in love with one of them, or it could be wanting to go away to Yale but having to leave your best friend who didn’t get in. No matter what your story is about, you have to have this conflict, and usually each of the main characters will have their own internal conflict.
Once you figure out the external conflict (which could be called the story conflict since the whole story probably revolves around it), and once you determine your characters’ internal conflicts, you’ll have some idea of what needs to happen to move the story forward to the ultimate resolution of these conflicts. Every scene should be a stepping stone toward that eventual outcome. You’ll want to have some push and pull—attempts to resolve a conflict and failing, or sometimes succeeding only to have new conflict arise. If every scene contains action toward resolving (or failing to resolve) a conflict, or establishes details of plot, setting, or character, then you should never have a boring scene. :)