Sunday, April 14, 2013

5 Tips To Writing An Adventure Story

Who doesn’t love adventure? The thrill, mystery, and suspense of these sorts of novels are what keep writing fun and interesting! In fact, one of the best parts about adventure stories is that you can be as creative and unique as you want. So start packing your backpack or spaceship, and get ready to go on a quest with the Miss Literati crew. With these five awesome tips you will create the adventure of a lifetime!

Daydream. Yes we are telling you to daydream, but we don’t advise you do this in class! When you have some free time or it just so happens that your mind starts to wander, think about your wildest dreams. Where would you like to go? What do you wish you could do? Don’t be afraid of thinking outrageously or crazy because the more outside the box the idea is, the better! Write down these thoughts and collect them so when it comes time to write you have many topics to write on.

QUICK TIP: Some of your ideas can come from actual dreams you have! Keep a journal and pen at hand for when you wake up in the morning, and write down as much of the dream as you can remember.

Location and Motivation. Now it’s time to pick a setting! Do you want your character to travel around the world? Or is the action taking place in their hometown? Depending on your character, either of these scenarios will work! Also, ask yourself why the character is in that setting and what the conflict is. Is your character trying to save her friend? Is she on a quest to find her lost puppy? Or does she want to find the guy she fell in love with in 6th grade years later?

Hero, Villain, Sidekick. In every great adventure novel, these three types of characters are essential to the story. The hero is the one who ends up going on the adventure to resolve some type of conflict, and can be along their sidekick. This sidekick can end up providing emotional support, advice, and a good laugh to the readers and hero! And finally, the villain tries to make the hero’s life more difficult and halt her from solving the conflict!

Maintain the Action. Always remember that your readers are reading your novel to not only be entertained, but to be engaged in the adventure. They want to fully experience the events and situations the characters are thrown into. To give them the experience they want, don’t give too much explanation at the beginning of the novel that will bore your readers or slow down the pace. Then during the rest of the novel all of the events should lead up to the climax!

Sweet Danger. Keep your hero in some type of dilemma that the reader will believe to be dangerous! This will keep the reader engaged and wonder what your character will do and what the outcome is. However, instead of keeping the danger sweet and predictable, twist your events so the reader will be shocked and amazed! Here is a list of novels that will inspire you to create a little hazard of your own.

Peak by Roland Smith
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
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