Writing The Beginning, Middle and End of a Story
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Introduction to Writing the Beginning, Middle and End of a Story.
Thanks for visiting. I’m Bill the Geek, Bill Dallas Lewis. I am a Dartmouth College Graduate and I have been writing for a living for about 40 years. Currently I live in Lake Chapala, Mexico. This place is about sixty miles from Guadalajara.
I earn all of my money on line. I do zero business in Mexico and I have lived here for close to 15 years.
I have about 200 books that I sell on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other sales channels around the world. I use the methods that I write about below in all of my creations. I write fiction and non fiction. I have many pen names.
To earn money, most of what I do involves Search Engine Optimization. In the land of the internet, many people call this SEO. And, when people talk about SEO, they usually think about Google, but SEO also applies to selling books on line. I teach SEO to people all over the world as well as Web design. I also teach people how to write and sell their works on Amazon. Send me a message for a private class, you can be anywhere in the world.
But all of that started with writing the beginning, middle and end of a story.
Writing The The Beginning Middle and End of a Story
Writing The Beginning, Middle and End of a Story. Humans have been making up, and telling stories since there were only 2 people on the planet. They didn’t have T.V.´s or cell phones, so they had to have some way to entertain themselves and the other humans around them. Instead of Writing The Beginning, Middle and End of a Story, they would tell stories with words from their mouths.
Think about a group of cave people with no electricity and nothing to do. None of these people went to Harvard or Stanford and the fact of the matter is the least likely of the group would come up with the best stories and go on to be the leader of the group.
The moral of what I have said thus far is, “A good story is a good story. You can be poor, uneducated, illiterate, blind, deaf and 99 years old and still have the talent within you to tell an excellent story that will keep people’s attention, make them laugh, cry, and feel unbelievable joy or sorrow. So any one can be good at Writing The Beginning, Middle and End of a Story.
Throughout time, how a story is told has been recorded and organized by the people at Harvard and Stanford. Many of these people are very snotty, rude and opinionated and would not agree with anything that I have to say, but they are not here, so I will continue.
Throughout time, stories have been broken down into Act 1, Act 2, and Act 3. Often stories haven’t been broken down into Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. You can go back to the Nubians of Africa, the Greeks, the Romans, even the Bible and humans writing the beginning, middle and end of a story. All over the world, by some mysterious fashion, stories created and shared have 3 parts. Sounds like Writing The Beginning, Middle and End of a Story.
Writing The Beginning, Middle and End of a Story.
Now, even more stories have been shared just using one part. But those are the boring stories that no one liked to listen to. The humans that created them were shunned. They were considered to be boring people and no one ever recorded, wrote down, notated, ideas that came from their heads or mouths. Why? IT WAS BORING!
How I tend to Write
I tend to use a screen play model to write my stories. A screen play is the text for a movie with all the characters talking, the environments described, as well as the action being seen ( or lack of action).
I set things up with Writing The Beginning, Middle and End of a Story.
A screen play is ( on average and of course they deviate ) 120 pages long with one page being one minute of film time. When you break down the beginning, middle and end of a story into 120 screen play pages, that would mean:
30 minute Beginning, 30 pages
60 minute Middle, 60 pages
30 minute End, 30 pages
They Ya Go!
When amWriting The Beginning, Middle and End of a Story, I start of course, with the beginning (actually that’s not true, I write the end first). For my beginning, I always like to have something exciting happen right at the very start. If you watch “Law and Order,” the television series, it never fails at the beginning of every show someone is found dead in the first ONE MINUTE of the show. This gets people’s attention early. Of course, in that they do it for every show, it gets a little old because you know it is going to happen so WHATEVER!
Something happens immediately at the start. I get the reader, viewer’s attention. I let the reader understand FIRMLY what is the goal of the main character.
In the beginning I set up who the main character is. I introduce other major characters. I set up the goal of the main character. I introduce characters that are on the main character’s side, and those that are not.
While doing those things, I am moving the character on to achieving their goal.
But right towards, or at the very end of the Beginning, I throw something big, heartbreaking, sad, unbelievable that gets in the way of the character’s goal. The reader feels really bad for the character and is asking, “What are they going to do?”
The End of the Beginning.
Through the middle the character is still attempting to achieve their goal. In stories that I like, throughout the middle of the story, more and more road blocks get in the way of the goal being achieved. I set up a few major road blocks, and maybe several minor road blocks.
Minor road blocks or “mini goals blockers” that can be placed and overcome in the story can give the READER hope. Just when the READER has hope, you kick the READER off of their feet and they feel bad. Reading or viewing is about FEELING.
WHEN YOU WRITE, YOU´RE SUPER GOAL IS TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL!
So, I play with the readers head making them care for the major character, and letting the major character have their ups and downs throughout the middle, getting closer to their goal, but still having problems.
At the end of the Middle, I throw in a new twist to the story that either gets the major character really close to goal achievement, or puts a super duper road block in the way of the major goal.
Pretty much the End is like the middle, but now we have to wrap up conflict and mini goal problems that take our character towards achieving their final goal. On the other hand, it’s your story. At the very end, the major character may not achieve their goal and may just be bummed out.
For me, at the very end of the story with about 5 minutes left to go ( remember, this is a screen play writing formula), I through a Super, Duper, Duper, Duper Road block in the way of the major character.
Right at the end of the story, I resolve the Super Duper road block and my major character walks away into the sunset, happy as can be.
There Ya Go! Writing The Beginning, Middle and End of a story.
Converting Screen Play Timing to other media or print methods.
Screen play, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 30 minutes.
32 page children´s book, 8 pages, 16 pages, 8 pages (remember though that a children’s book is mostly pictures so actually you have about 2 to 4 pages of actual text. You do the math.
21 minute video ( like a 30 minute TV show without the commercials ), 7 minutes, 14 minutes, 7 minutes.
The Beginning, Middle and End of a Story
OK! I´m going to make up a story right now.
Major Theme: Work on Your Dreams and They Will Come True.
One Sentence Story Summary:
A boy loses his dog and thinks he will never find him, but he searches the USA and finds the dog in excellent condition.
Freddy wakes up and he hears his dog spot making terrible, loud sounds outside of Freddy’s window.
Freddy looks out of the window and sees Spot in the back window of a strange car.
Freddy goes from house to house to house on his block and no one has seen Spot.
Freddy goes from house to house to house and no one has seen Spot.
Freddy finds Spot. Spot is in Good shape. Freddy is happy.
There Ya go!
This is a summary of the Beginning, Middle and End of a Story.
We create the Theme as a mental guide of focus. We create the One sentence story summary as a mental guide of focus. Now I have created a very basic beginning, middle and end of a story so that I can focus on WHAT GOES WHERE in my writing process.
I WRITE THE END OF THE STORY FIRST!
For what it’s worth, I write the End of the story first, that is, the very end first. Writing the End first gives me a target to write towards.
If you’re going to the market, you tell yourself, “Self, I’m going to the market. To go to the market you go down this street, turn left here, turn right there, turn left here and then, you’re at the market.
If you’re going to school, you tell yourself, “Self, I’m going to school.” You walk out of the house, turn right there, turn left here, tune left again and then make a right. You’re at school.
When I’m writing, I like to know where I am going so that I can get there. Of course, there is no right or wrong in writing.
I hope that this summary of Writing The Beginning, Middle and End of a Story was helpful. May the Force be With You!!!
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