The storytellers journey: Chapter 7 (final) Continuations.

‘One thing you might also wish to think about, before writing your story, is whether or not you wish to write a singular book or more’ The book wrote.

‘It is something important to keep in mind whilst writing your book as it determines how much information you placed in the book.

Also, this may direct the storyline. For example, if you were to write a series, you may write multiple lines of conflicts. One of these plot lines may occur throughout the series, hinted through clues or spoken through direct mention, and is finally resolved in the last book, while you may have one or two that occur throughout individual books in the series, resolving in the part of the series where it was introduced’

‘That is interesting to note… I thought as more words appeared upon the page.

‘The best advice upon continuation can come from other storytellers, do you wish to read wha they have said?’

‘Yes please, ‘ I wrote back, immediately.

As you wish‘ it wrote before flipping the page. Bullet points appeared.

  • ‘it’s important to note in series, to not give away everything in the first book. if your character has a suspicious past and you know you want to write a series, then maybe hide a few parts to reveal during the course of the new books. have the newfound knowledge play into the main conflict, maybe. show that you have more to offer, but the reader would see it in the next book if they’re interested

  • It’s always good to plan out each book separately including the individual points which interlock the tales

  • introduce plot devices from later books in the earlier books. if a world-destroying weapon gets lost in the third book, introduce it in the first or second. if the villain for the fifth book suddenly pops out of nowhere, make a mention towards them in the third or fourth book. that’ll make everything seamlessly flow together.

  • Don’t make it do the books are a repetition of each other. Change up the story line from time to time. If they visited an island in the first book, for example, don’t repeat this in book two and three and so on

  • Think about the elements which unify a series such as the characters, setting, and type of plot. Are the searching for something? Maybe different gemstones? Or are they hunting down someone or a group of people? Maybe the search for people in each series has a different sort of problem? Maybe in book one, when searching for someone, they are required to travel far. Maybe in book two, they have to search their own town, looing for someone who seems familiar but doesn’t look it. Each will have their own elements but the fact that they are searching for someone connects the series.

  • Each novel, though in a series, should be able to stand alone to make it a good series. Readers should have a sense of completion and self-containment – even if the main plot has not been complete.’

that is interesting…’ I thought as the words faded and more came to sight.

‘Do you wish to see more?’

No‘ I wrote upon the book ‘I think I’m ready to jot down my final ideas and start writing’

Excellent‘ the book replied ‘time to start the main width of your journey then, storyteller…’

Thank you for joining this journey ^_^

This is the last part to this series, and I hope what you have read has been a helpful read ^_^

If you are new to the series click here to take you to the collection of chapters available


The storytellers journey: Chapter 6 – Good guy, bad guy

‘What do you wish to work on next, a storyteller’ The book wrote.

How about good guy and bad guy? I thought as I clicked upon the words.

The pages flipped once again. Soon they landed upon an aged page before words started to appear.

‘When creating a story it is important to keep in mind who your good guy (often the protagonist) and the bad guy (often the antagonist) is. This may change over the storyline, but it important for a story line to have a clear definition of who this for the reader’s satisfaction. Though it should also be noted, there may not necessarily be ‘a’ bad ‘guy’ – this may be a situation or a constant theme in your characters life that may cause the conflict in your story.

Here are some points other storytellers have suggested to keep in mind:

  • it is important to note that your protagnosit may not always be the good guy just as the antagonist may not be the bad guy

  • it is important to attempt to make the protagonist relatable to the audience as possible – this will make it easier for your audience to connect with the character

  • Remember, though they play the bad guy role, do not make them two dimensional. They play a crucial role in the story. Give them backstory, give them depth, give the reader a reason to hate them, but at times understand why they do what they do, even if it is not completely justified. Give your readers a reason to both hate and love them, just as you might do for your protagonist. No one is completely good or bad. These sort of stories, that involve these imperfect characters are what entice a reader to keep reading on.

  • If you are writing a series, just one antagonist/bad guy may not be enough. Having multiple, as well as the main antagonist, will keep your readers entertained.

Would you like to read some more?’

‘No thank you, I would like to continue to write some notes’

‘As you wish, dear storyteller.’

The storyteller’s journey: Chapter 5 – Structure.

Returning to the library, I tucked myself back under the covers, ready to get writing once again.

‘Hello Storyteller, what do you wish to work upon today?’ the book wrote.

Hum… I thought as I tapped the pen against my lip.

How about the beginning, middle end (conflict, climax, resolution)…

Upon clicking the words, the pages flipped. Once relaxed, more words appeared

‘Here are some points to keep in mind when working on the structure of your tale:

The beginning:

  • here it is imporant to introcduce the main character and any other important characerts.

  • You should also set their goals, the setting and introduce the main conflict.

  • Keep in mind not to fill the beginning with an overload of information, it can all be shared throughout the story so its not necessary to keep it

  • Keep in mind the mood and tone you set at the beginning of a story should be consistant throughout the story

  • Here you may also want to start introducing the conflict of the story – a story without a direction is hard to follow so it is important to establish what this is clearly. The type of conflict can veary depending what they story genre is and where you wish to go with the story. Sometimes conflicts can arise from themes in the story as well, such as if a theme is good vs evil, the conflict can be between a hero and a villan.

The middle:

  • here the main events and conflicts should start to occur

  • there should be an increase of tention until the climaz of the story, creatuing an emotional build up.

  • Remember: the climax is the motional high point of the story, where event are the most intense

The end:

  • here the conflict resolves

  • make sure to leave the reader satisfied that there is an end, even if they do not like the way it ends.

  • Your conlict of course, does not need to have a positive solution all the time, a negative can still be an end as weel, sucha s what happenes in tragedies.

  • If you have a single book, not series, it is imortant to end all ties at the end – avoid leaving any lose strings. However these lose stings may be helpful if your story is part of a serial. But do not leave too much that each book in the series does not leave the reader staisfied and the book cannot stand alone.’

Interesting… I thought as more words appeared.

‘Would you like to read some more, or jot some notes?’

‘Write some notes please’

The StoryTellers journey – chapter 4 setting (part 2: Things to keep in mind)

Once I finished writing, more words appeared upon the page.

‘Would you like to hear some advice from other storytellers?’

‘Yes please!‘ I wrote in response.

The page filled in response, and more words appeared.

‘When writing/planning the setting, here are some suggestions and reminders by previous storytellers:

  1. note down all (or at least as much as you can think of) of these senses, even if you do only end up using a few (it is recommended to us at least 2or 3 to help set the scene) this way if it comes to having to describe the scene again, you can use another sense to develop setting and not come across as repetitive.

  2. Keep the type of character and point of view you are writing in in mind. For example, if you are writing in the first person you should write only what the character can see as it is in their point of view, and if that character is attentive and alert at all times, they will notice more than what others will. On the other hand if you were to write in the third person, you can describe the whole setting, with multiple, if not all senses, but if you character is not really focused on something as they are not paying attention to their surroundings, you can mention in the third person what it is that they are missing and that they are doing so.

  3. The genre of the tale may affect the order or specifics of your description. For example, if your book genre is sci-fi, the first thing your character might notice, and you go into depth in terms of description might be the technology of the scene, or if the genre if one of fantasy, there will be more focus upon those imaginative, magic elements instead.

  4. In terms of realism pay attention to the psychology of humans. Research upon memory input and such can aid a story. For example if you have an element of mystery in your genre, maybe a crime occurring and you are writing from victims or witnesses poi9nt of view, it is important to note that as humans, when we take in scene, we work more from what we think a room should look like according to what we experienced. So if the room was an office, we are less likely to notice out of place items and more likely to notice the usual such as a desk, pens, documents. It has been said the best work of fiction is often one that holds realism, so try and keep this in mind when creating and writing scenes.’

Hum… that is interesting, I thought as the page turned and more words appeared.

‘Do you wish to see more?’

‘No thank you’ I wrote back‘ I would like to jot down some notes though’

‘As you wish dear storyteller’ it replied and filled to a page where I had jotted some notes down in between other chapters.

Return next week for the next chapter  (^_^)

The StoryTellers Journey – Chapter 4 (Part 1: Setting the Scene)

Once finished plotting some ideas for the main character, I turned back to the content page.

‘What do you wish to look upon next?’ the book wrote.

Humm…. I thought as I tapped the pen against my lip, how about setting…

Clicking upon the words, the pages shuffled before settling upon the wanted chapter.

‘When talking about settings, whether in terms of worlds, places or rooms, there are five things that you should always note before writing. These are your sense. Depending on what you are talking about, the amount may vary. For example, if you are describing whole worlds that you have built, in comparison to a small room, there will be many more points to each sense.

For each sense, here are some things storytellers feel should be noted:


  • think of color, shape, size and dimensions

  • Comparisons are always helpful in situation to help readers visualize what is being talked about if it is something you have directly pulled out of your imaginations → think of it like trying to explain things to a blind person

  • For example, when trying to explain color you may not necessarily wish to talk about what it looks like, but go down the path of what it feels like. Such as the color red, like the feeling of anger. Or the color yellow, like the heat on a sunny day.


  • every sound, small or little can aid your story

  • sounds can be experienced in many ways → they can be experienced through the beat, as well as actual notes → they can also have an effect on memories, evoking memories and feeling that come along with them


  • this is often one many pass over but it can be important

  • For example, there some smells are actually tasted → similarly, a smell of a place can evoke a taste upon your tongue, or at least a faint memory of it.

  • An example of description of taste can be: ‘the blood singed the air, leaving me with a copper taste on my tongue with each breath I take, a constant reminder of the use of this room’ or ‘the smell of lemon brought a sour taste to my tongue, as did her masking tight smile that hides the truth of her personality along with the white fenced innocent looking house she stood before; something her eyes failed to do’


  • when thinking of smell you also want to think of how it can affect the situation

    Smells can evoke memories and feelings withing a character, and therefore are important in setting the scene

  • The smell of a setting is also important because it can aid in describing how the setting affects the readers → for example, if the setting smells like a bakery, which your character loves, then this can make them feel safe in the setting.

  • This can also indicate if a setting is good or bad


  • think of things like roughness or smoothness of surface or skin

  • Can be in terms of people or the room

  • describing the textures that a character can feel can aid the reader’s imagination’

come back next week for more ^_^

The StoryTellers Journey: Chapter 3 (Part C – Realism)

Finishing following the instruction, I turned back and clicked the last of the three: realism.

‘Realism, in terms of characters, is the idea of making character three dimensional. To put it simply, it is making your character believable by giving your character complexity throughout your story, which emphasizes their important role. Your main character should not be a one-dimensional one, lacking depth and emotion. This will not make the story one of reading, for many, as it will not hold real value or entertainment for the reader.

To do this there are some things you should think about. Here are some questions previous storytellers advise to think about:

  • What is your characters past, present, and future?

Remember when writing these, that events of the past will also affect the present, as the present will effect the future. For example, if someone was to have been in an accident during their childhood, they may develop distress in a car during their present. This is important as the past affects who were are in the present, as it will do in our character. If something is just randomly inserted in the story but has no effect or cause it seems pointless and not needed, decreasing believability and disturbing the flow of the story. For example, a character having a near death experience, yet once it was over nothing changes in the story or characters behavior. There is just no growth in the character and your audience knows there should have been a change there.

  • What events influence your character being?

Remember here, that each and every event affects your character, each experience bringing with it a lesson, will its loss, gain, and observation.

Also, if you have multiple main characters, not each and every one of your character will react the same to a singular event. This is because everyone experiences things differently, no one outtake of a situation is the same.

Additionally, it is important to note that your character will not be the same entirely, at the end of the story, as they are at the beginning of the story. They should and will experience a change, and it’s your job to write it down.

  • If you were in such a situation of your character, how would you react to a situation or event?

This is, of course, done keeping in mind the experiences, values, and beliefs of your character. But it is simply putting yourself in your characters shoes and thinking what you would do.

Along with thinking of these questions, it is important to note that observation and research is a key aspect here. Many storytellers have said the best way for them to create characters realistically is through real life people. Some will remain, observers of behaviors of people, taking their observation and creating a character with these realistic behaviors. Others may make their characters reflections of people around them, though they will not always stay this way throughout the story, with the writer often letting the character drift off and become their own being. This is not a bad thing, as we are all characters of our own stories, though it’s important to remember the character goes through other experiences, which we may not in real life, that may also affect the way they behave as well.’

come back next week for the next chapter in the StoryTellers Journey  (^_^)

The Storytellers Journey: Chapter 3 (part B – Characterisation)

Once done, I moved on to the next section: characterisation.

‘When creating character remember every little thing they do or say is important. Each element or piece of your character will describe something about them, from their place of origins, right down to the smallest, tick in motion

To do this, first ask yourself the following five questions – and underneath them are some things many storytellers found worth thinking about when you do, to aid you in your journey:


  • what is their name? Does it have some family connection? Does their name how stature or power? Or does this not matter much in your story?

  • This may also link to their looks. Do they inherit similar features and genres that can indicate a family connection? Do these have any importance?

  • Also, think about the type of clothing here. The price of the clothing can also indicate the type of character she is as well as the type. For example, the rich may where silk and overpriced clothing, or a hunter may stick to simple clothing suiting their need for swift movements and time on their job.

  • What is their job? This will tell the readers of the skill set your character may hold y decide their position in the story in the reader’s mind. For example, if they are a knight this may indicate that they hero in the story. This may also coincide with the genre of the story – also when thinking abut this think about the genre of the story, and how hat they play may also help pull the story along.

  • Think of the characteristics this job may suggest they have and pinpoint which ones you wish for your character to require – for example, if they were a knight some characteristics they might hold is the selflessness of a hero or the need to wake up early and get some practice in to be in top form at all times. This may also means that they are always alert, paying attention to the slightest of sounds and suspicions



  • Where are they from? What country do they originate from? Are they from another planet?

  • This may also mix in with the choice of genre.

  • For example, if they are from another planet the genre could be of a sci-fi nature

  • this could also affect their values

  • if they are from a small, close-knit town, they may rely heavily on family and relationships. Or if they live in a secluded area, they might be wary of newcomers

  • Place of origin may affect speech patterns such as accent dialect and use of specific word differences that should be taken into account. For example, some may call their mother, mummy, mom, or mum – the word used differes from place to place.



  • what era is your book taking place in?

  • What values, belief, and actions might be the result of living and growing in such a time period?

  • Does this time period effect the way your character dresses?

  • Does it affect the way they hold themselves?

  • Does it influence the story line through his or her actions?

  • For example if your character is a female during an era where women are seen as nothing better then house wife’s, this may effect the way your character acts, leading her to maybe hold skills of a good housewife like cooking or cleaning – or maybe the character rebellious as she sees the downside of being a housewife and it leads to her developing characteristics defence and opposite to that of a ‘good’ housewife.



  • What is your character?

  • Is it a he or she?

  • Is it humans or not?

  • Is this going to be affected by the genre of the story?

  • For example, if you were to write a fantasy book your character could be a witch or a fairy.

  • This could lead to further opportunities of characterisation as difference beings may face different trail and experiences. Such as a werewolf may face trials like having to shift and the difficulties that come with becoming a fully grown wolf, having an effect on their characters such as anger problems, or physical ability



  • this question looks to the background of the character and things like events and situations that could affect a character who they are.

  • For example, someone may be stoic and afraid of fire as they lost a close one during a fire.

  • Or your character could be aiming to gain their shield as they saw a hero in their childhood which inspired them at aim to being a hero themselves.

  • Remember: no two characters are going to respond exactly the same to a situation. Each person has their own response.

  • Their childhood/background could also hold the key to what is driving their motivation through the story.

  • For example, if you have a story about a townsman defeating an evil king, the past could hold event such as the townsman seeing the king’s evil first hand or parent facing the burden of this king and making him promise to fight which motivated him to grow stronger and leads the story to the end point.’










Come back next weekend to read the final part in chapter 3: main characters

The Storyteller Journey: chapter 3- Main characters (part a – inspirations)

Once finished with my basic idea, I moved back to the original space.

Above the page appeared more words.

‘What would you like to look at next storyteller?’

Hum… I thought as I tapped the pen against my lips.

How about, the main character…

A new page appeared with more instruction.

‘There are many ways which one could create a main character, all different for all storytellers. But here are three points many agree you should think about when doing so:




Click one to get started.’

Reaching out, I clicked on the first, Inspiration

‘Now there are many ways to be inspired to create a character but here are four many storytellers find helpful:

  1. Archetypes.

Archetypes are original models after which other similar things are patterned – in this case, it’s the basic idea of characters.

For example, your main character may have the archetype of an old-style football club chairman or an archetype of an uptight old woman.

Takes these archetypes as basic ideas for which you can expand upon.

Here are some rounded archetypes often used in literature to get you thinking:

  • the hero (often used for the protagonist – but remember, they don’t always have to be)

  • the mentor (often old and of extensive knowledge in the matter at hand)

  • the victim/innocent (often the archetype of female characters and children)

  1. Acquaintance

Storytellers have often said their best characters are often inspired by the people around them. This can include a family member, friends, school mates and so on.

In these cases, the storyteller’s character traits will reflect that of their chosen inspiration.

Though it is good to mention that this does not mean that they always stay as a copy of the person, but hold very strong bases of a liking to them.

Some will not just focus on one person but rather a range of people picking and choosing which character traits they like and don’t from these people.

  1. Within

Another way storytellers have found inspiration is within themselves. This can happen in multiple ways. Once is simply to share traits of their own with characters, just one or two maybes, and build up a character through that. Another way is to uses qualities which you wish for yourself, or create a character that would be the best of them or the person they wish they could be. Sometimes it may be the case of creating characters using single emotions a storyteller may have required at the time of creating, such as strength, hope, and faith.

  1. by the plot

Many storytellers are also inspired to create characters by the plot of their story. Knowing where they wish to start and end up helps in creating a character with the specific requirements they require to tell their story.

For example, if they wish to write a story about the zombie apocalypses they will be inspired to write a character with fighting skill and quick thinking. Or if they were to write a story that requires an ending where the character dies, they may be inspired to create a character with a fault that leads to this ultimate demise.

Remember: there may be other methods that may work for you, not these alone. It just takes time to find which and sometimes it may be one alone method alone or maybe a mix of many.’


Come back next weekend for the storyteller’s journey chapter 3 (part b -characterisation)

The Storytellers journey – Chapter 2: Basic Idea and genre

Clicking ‘basic Idea‘, the page flipped to another. Upon it appears to be words of guidance.

Here try and think of a simple one sentence idea, like boy meets girl.

Next write three simple sentences, in the order of beginning idle and end. This will help you visualize your idea for the book, aiding you as you write the book. Knowing where you wish to start and end has helped many storytellers direct the way they wish for the story to go, knowing where they need to end no matter how much twists and turns they need to take to get there.

For example:

  1. boy meets girl

  2. 2) boy and girl are split by conflict

  3. boy and girl unite and live happily ever after.

Think carefully on what you wish to put down. Though this point may seem simple, this is where you draw of your ideas from; it is the beginning of creating the base of your story.beginning of making the base of your story. You want it to be a strong one.

Of course, this may not always end up staying the same but, as stated before, knowing where you begin and the goal helps, even if the path to get from one to the others is not know entirely.

Knowing what is to happen ion the middle helps avoid a blank space. It gives you a midway point to reach to keep you motivated and on the right line.

Additionally, you may wish to start thinking about genre here as it may affect the way the tale will go. As said before, the points for this brainstorm may intertwine as they do now. The genre of a story may help you in creating the middle, the place where action may occur.

The genre of a story may help you in creating the middle, the place where action may occur.

For example, if we take the idea from before say in a fantasy genre, the conflict that could occur is that they are both of a different species. One maybe half-dragon and the other a witch, which in turn leads to people being against them leading to them doing everything in their will to stop their romance from happening. If it were a paranormal genre, it may be their love is blacklisted by a demon who insists on keeping them apart for reasons of his own. If you were to take the book to be a historical genre, the conflict may be a problem of social class and blood; maybe the female is of high class while the boy is a mere gardeners’

Hum… that is interesting, I thought as I tapped the pen against my chin, biting my lip thoughtfully. Leaning back against the futon I mused ideas I could write when more words appeared.

‘Do you wish to start writing? Or do you require some advice?’ It read.

Leaning forward I replied.

‘Advice please’

‘Anything specific you require guidance upon?’

‘The ideas I have… many seem cliche’

‘Ah.. a problem many do come across. Here are some thought processes and the idea some storytellers have put forward to guide those with such a difficulty’ It wrote before the words faded and a quote appeared.

‘When writing remembers this: No idea is a bad idea, especially not a cliché. The title we give that idea is the reason why in its self it is not bad. Cliches are given such a title as they were done so much that it seemed over done. But why were they done so much? As they were liked, for reading and writing’

Interesting… I thought before writing underneath the words ‘Is there anything else?’

Yes,’ the book wrote before another quote appeared.

‘All ideas have been used one way or another, the creative part is piecing together these ideas to create something that may seem new. That is true genius’

That is true… I thought with a laugh.

‘Do you require some more?’ the book wrote.

‘No thank you, I wish to get started’ I wrote with a smile.

‘As you wish, and remember, take your time. You can, of course, change things when you like, but as said before, build a strong base.’

The Storytellers journey – Chapter one: Time to get started

(This is a  continuation of ‘the journey to freedom‘)

Ducking through the small curtains, I slid to a stop in the aged library, breathing in the heavy scent of old books and parchment.

Ah… home.

After first opening up the storyteller’s domain, I hadn’t found much time to delve into its contents completely, distracted by the calls of adults and ‘The Puppeteers’. It would be so quick to just dismiss them as nothing, but I’ve learned a few years back that isn’t the easiest way to go.

It never really works.

Laying low is my best option. Though it had taken a stroke to my ego at first, it became easier over time to play along till I could take a proper jump to who I am. As for now, I shall play in this library, hidden away, whilst out there I will perform the act of a puppet, mindlessly following and never speaking.

It took praying eyes away from me and left me with the chance to run away from time to time, to here. It let me go undetected as I slipped away from their repetitive houses and entered this hidden sanctuary with many worlds.

And soon I’ll be able to create my own… I thought with glee as I settled down into the chair shaped futon after removing unnecessary layers of clothes.

Lighting a waxed candle, I shut off the torch I carried upon entry. I always left it near the entrance to help me find my way around here as this place is too old to hold an off the modern day forms of light.

Snuggling into the woven black blanket, I let out a small sigh of content before looking to my prized possession.

The key slash pen.

This time, when I grasped it, it came to life without many thoughts, seeming to recognize me.

Slowly, it moved out of my hand and I let it go as I watched with renewed fascination as the Storytellers domain formed.

Hello, Rosalina. Welcome back‘ The first p[age read as the pen returned to my hand.

Smiling, I answered swiftly.

‘Hello. Happy to be back’

Excited?’ It responded.


The book seemed to hum with some amusement as it rested upon my lap.

Well, what do you wish to do today?’ It asked.

I responded instantly.


Excellent‘ It replied before flicking pages.

One it came to a rest, upon it said.

‘Let us start a new story then’

Lets‘ I wrote underneath the word.

They faded, suddenly, but it didn’t take long for more to appear.

‘Turn the page to write your new story, Storyteller’

I did so immediately.

The page held a look of an aged book while the page itself felt new. It held the style of an old textbook.

Many ideas ran through my head.

What should I write?

A tale of love?

A tale of hate?

A tale of anger?

and who are my characters to be?

What about a dragon?

Or a princess?

Or a ghost?

And what way should I write it?

‘It seems you require some assistance‘ The book wrote, suddenly, interrupting my thought.

I grinned sheepishly before writing, a simple ‘yes

‘Maybe I can help?’


The pages flipped again. This time landing closer to the beginning then at the middle as before. As soon as it settled, words appeared.

‘How about we try and order your thoughts?’

Order? How so?’ I wrote quickly.

‘Well, you have many ideas, let us try and focus on one for now. There is always time for other’

That is true‘ I wrote with a smile.

‘How about you pick one as a trial thought as we go through the next process’

Hum… I thought, tapping the pen against my chin.

Ok‘ I wrote ‘I have an idea’

‘Wonderful, now let us get started It said before the words disappeared and new ones formed.

‘Know this before we start. There is no one way to plan and write a tale. Many have their own ways. But here is a basic structure concocted by many storytellers to first allow them to gather their thoughts. Use it to structure your thoughts, to set a tale to never be forgotten…’

Understood,’ I wrote back with glee as I clicked upon the icon.

The pages flipped slightly, once again, before landing upon a page will what seems like a basic plan.

large old paper or parchment background texture

Above the image, more words appeared. Constructions, it seems.

‘Pick a place you wish to start, any of your choosing. Many Storytellers like to pick and choose what order they fill in depending on which they are enthusiastic to write about. And note this, though these ideas are put individually, they may intertwine over time’

Excellent… I thought as I scanned the paper.

With a smile on my face, I zeroed in on the section of choice.


To be continued next Saturday…

Learn along with this storyteller, how to put your ideas together to create a book (^_^)