The most interesting stories are those that have a lot of emotions in it. You have to put strong feelings into it. The more you make your story sad, dramatic, or humorous, the more readers you will get. In other words, a little drama can go a long way!
You’ve got to sell your heart if you want some strong reactions. It’s not the minor things or the kind of stuff you might tell your friends or family at the dinner table that you should write about, but something sad, exciting, or comical!!!!
Think of the interesting people that you have met in your life time. This means someone who really stands out as out of the ordinary. What about an extremely funny experience? Your stories have to have meaning to you as a writer if you want it to matter to the reader. Your story has to affect you before it can affect others.
Here is a good exercise you can do to help you get started in writing that great dramatic story or comical one. Keep a notebook of all the events in your life that has made you cry or has frightened you. Think of the things that have made you feel weak with shame or triumphant. Go back to some very traumatic event. You have to remember your feelings during those times so that your readers can experience what you have experienced.
A degrading feeling for me was when I was in the fourth grade. I discovered I was “mentally retarded.” I felt that no one knew about this and this was my secret. This feeling lasted all through my childhood and through my teens and to some degree, my adulthood.
This horrifying experience happened when I took the reading comprehension test. I scored very low on this test and many other events in my life led me to believe that I was mentally retarded. It didn’t help matters when my brother, who is two years younger than me, scored two years above his grade level. The principal kept skipping him until he was only one half a grade below me.
To make matters worse, the kids at school kept telling my brother how “dumb” I was, and as if this wasn’t bad enough, the teacher was quick to divide the class into two sections; those who were achievers and those who were just plain dumb. I sat with the other dumbbells. Everyday, I would look across the room where the bright kids sat, and longingly wished that I could be one of them.
I was extremely hurt when one day my brother said, “Waldo thinks you’re so dumb. He said, you never talk, you never say a word all day.” This really did it for me!!!!! Waldo was a boy that I had a crush on.
This is an example of a story I could write about and dramatize it with a lot of feelings of anger or fear of other kids.
Now this is a time for you as writers or students to think of something that had a great effect on your lives and dramatize it!!!!!!
Source: My own experience