How to write a good first person story?From one characters point of view.

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Using language/specific vocabulary that expresses the perspective and feelings of the narrator can help to make the reading experience of a first person narrative interesting and unique.

Another more general idea for writing a compelling story is to anchor your plot to a question that is presented at the outset. The presence of mystery and the promise of a revelation or an answer can do a lot to lend momentum and interest to a story's plot.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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First person should not just be a gimmick.  If the story is in first person, we should know what the person is feeling and thinking because that is the best way to tell the story.  We should feel as if we are the character, living inside his or her head.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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This is an important question. If you want to write a good story, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

First, you need a story worthwhile telling. This is the most important point. You could be the best writer in the world, but if you do not have a story to tell, then your work will not be a good one. In fact, no one would want to read it.

Second, assuming that you have a great story to tell, you need to work on your writing. This only comes with practice. So, I suggest you continue to write as much as you can. Also work on the use of words, sentences, and other nuances of language.

Finally, read the works of others to see what works. The more you read the works of others, the better your writing will become as well. Do not be afraid to imiate. In time, you will develop your own voice, as a writer.

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drannweaver1 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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I feel that within each of us there is a story. Writing may serve as a venue to get your story across. I have kept journals for years. They have been my best friends and confidantes. Recently, I began publishing my stories; using a pen name to protect the innocent (smiles).

When writing a story, consider the audience. It is best to write to those who can appreciate; respect your experiences. They will be able to relate to your writing and find support. As an undergraduate, I had a professor tell me that organization is important in writing. He advised me to stick to this outline: 1. Say what you are going to say (introduction). 2. Say it (body). 3. Summarize what you have said (closing paragraph).

Also, sharing personal anecodotes makes your writing reader-friendly.People , like Oprah, are widely acclaimed because they are able to relate to the general public. They don't mind sharing incidents that others can relate to. When writing your stories, you should make the audience feel that you are approachable. They must be able to relate to your experiences. Considering that, they will always be hungry for more of your storytelling.

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