How to write a story ?

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While writing a story :

a) Read the outline slowly and carefully.

b) Understand the outline fully.

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c) Keep the points in the outline in mind while writing.

d) Cover the points in the same sequence as given in the outline.

e) Cover all the points.

f) The points should be connected in a natural fashion making one emanate from the other.

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g) Give an appropriate heading for the story.

h) Adopt a style that is simple and easy to understand.

To ensure better understanding of the above points, a few examples are given below

Sample Stories

Sour Grapes

Outline:

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A hungry fox reaches a garden….. sees grapes…..jumps to reach the grapes….. unable to reach the grapes…..leaves

Story:

Once a hungry fox went in search of food. Though he wandered here and there the whole day, he could not get anything to eat. At last he reached a garden and was delighted to see grapes hanging from a vine. He thought that his search for food had not gone in vain. He was extremely pleased to see the grapes which were ripe and appealing. The sight of the nice looking grapes made the fox’s mouth water. As the grapes were very high, he jumped to get hold of them. But his effort was in vain. Not willing to give up, he jumped again and again to get hold of the grapes. But the grapes were too high for the fox. After some more attempts, the fox became exhausted. He had no choice but to give up his efforts. Finally, being unable to reach for the grapes, he consoled himself with the thought that the grapes are sour and would make him sick if he ate them.

Moral:

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Do not blame others for your failures.

The Lion and the Mouse

Outline:

A lion asleep…. A mouse lands on his body and wakes him up…. enraged lion catches the mouse…..frightened mouse pleads for mercy……lion forgives….lion trapped in a net….. mouse frees lion.

Story:

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Once, on a hot summer day, a lion was asleep under a tree. Adjoining the tree was a hole. In this hole lived a mouse. While the lion was asleep, the mouse came out of the hole and began to play. While playing, the mouse accidentally landed on the lion’s body. The lion woke up and caught hold of the mouse. As the enraged lion was about to kill the mouse, the mouse pleaded for mercy. It said, “If you spare my life, I will help you in adversity”. The lion laughed at this assurance as he felt that a small creature like the mouse will never be able to help him. However, taking pity on the mouse, he let it go.

One day, the lion was trapped in a net. He tried to extricate himself but his efforts were in vain. After some time, on hearing the lion’s roar, the mouse reached the trapped lion and gnawed the ropes with its sharp teeth. In no time, the lion was set free. The lion realized its folly in underestimating the utility of the mouse and thanked the little creature profusely.

Moral:

Being good always helps.

The Hare and the Tortoise

Outline

Tortoise challenges the hare….race beings…..hare takes it easy….relaxes….tortoise overtakes…..tortoise wins.

Story:

A hare and tortoises were good friends. The hare was very proud of its speed and always ridiculed the tortoise because it was slow at doing things. Unable to stand the hare’s digs, the tortoise challenged the hare to take him on in a race. The hare laughed at the audacity of the tortoise and accepted the challenge.

The race began. The hare took off with full speed while the tortoise crawled. After reaching some distance, the hare decided to take rest as he felt that the tortoise will take a long time to cover that distance. Soon the hare fell asleep. By the time he woke up, he found the tortoise at the finishing line. The hare desperately tried to overtake the tortoise. But it was in vain. The tortoise won the race proving that one should be humble about one’s abilities.

Moral:

Slow and steady wins the race.

The Hen That Laid the Golden Eggs

Outline:

A lucky poor farmer…..wonderful hen lays a golden egg a day…..farmer sells the gold and becomes rich…..farmer becomes too greedy……cuts open the wonderful hen…..finds no gold …..loses the wonderful hen.

Story:

Long ago there lived a poor farmer with a large family. His income was not enough to support the family. One day luck smiled on him. He laid his hands on a wonderful hen which laid a golden egg every day. The farmer sold the gold and soon became rich. However, he was not satisfied with his wealth. He wanted to become extremely rich without delay. He felt that if the wonderful hen could lie an egg each day, there must be several eggs in its body. His greed had overtaken him and he cut the hen’s stomach to grab all the golden eggs. But to his shock, the greedy farmer found no gold inside the hen’s stomach. He lost the wonderful hen that made him rich. He repented his greed.

Moral:

Contentment is a great wealth or Contentment is a continual feast.

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