Middle school: Writing a story

Did you ever dream about becoming an author? Do you want to share your stories with other people? Do you want to get into building stories for video games when you grow up? Maybe you want to go to Hollywood and get into making movies. All of these start with learning the simple building blocks of story-writing. Want to learn how? Here’s how to get started…

First, focus on the basics of storytelling…

The main advice that published authors give to young writers is to make sure that the language is descriptive (like in any descriptive writing). Humans have five main senses, and when you write stories, you should create settings and characters using all five senses.

A good way to integrate these five senses is to start with the senses that are the farthest away and work inwards:

  • Sound: Describe something your character or speaker hears.
  • Sight: Describe something your character or speaker begins to see, perhaps off in the distance.
  • Smell: Describe something your character or speaker begins to smell.
  • Touch: Describe something that your character or speaker can feel against their skin. Where on their body are they touching something?
  • Taste: Describe something that your character or speaker tastes.

You don’t need to use all five senses at once, but your descriptions should show not tell your reader as much as possible.


Second, check out this example…

Look around you and write a description of what you see based on those five senses. Use your descriptions deliberately to turn something ordinary into something extraordinary and intriguing. Here’s our example:

She could hear the low grade buzzing sound of the refrigerator. It was old and probably should have been replaced a long time ago. Now, no matter what, there was a low motor buzz like busy bees. The light from the other room flickered, so she looked up to see what it was. The buzzing of the fridge suddenly stopped, and there was only the flickering light and silence. She waited, and then she began to smell something, something burning. It tickled the inside of her nose, rubbing her nostrils with its strong scent. She couldn’t identify it; sour and hot all at once, maybe burnt rubber. She got up to see what was going on, and as she stood, the lights went out entirely, and she was in the dark. In the shock of it she bit her tongue and tasted the metal of her own blood mingling with the burnt rubber smell stuck in her nose…




Did you know that the EssayJack platform has a built in narrative template? We’ve got sentence starters and prompts to get you writing and tips to keep you going. You can play around and write more stories for free using our platform.



Finally, it’s your turn!

Now, it’s your turn! And remember this is just practice to get you started on your ambition to be an author, blogger, script writer, video game story developer etc, so just write, write, write and let your imagination take you wherever it wants!


P.S. you don’t have to add in your email address here. Only if you want what you write to be emailed back to you and you want to receive free writing tips, activities, from EssayJack. Otherwise, just use this box to practice your story writing.


Have fun…and be creative!



Want more advice on writing stories?

What do master story tellers say about writing stories? Here’s some advice from Stephen King.


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