The First Step to Writing Your Story

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Just because you now have your idea does not mean you are ready to write your story. The next step is to state your idea in a single sentence. Why? The reason is that by distilling your idea into a single sentence, you give it focus. And focus is essential to writing a good story.

Here is an example of an idea distilled into a single sentence with focus:

When Jeb Chandler gets caught smuggling drugs across the border, he learns that a single choice can mean the difference between life or death.

This sentence carries various implications, depending on where you want to take your story. But at least the sentence gives a direction to your story. Keeping this direction in mind as you write will greatly help you stay on track with your story.

This does not mean that your story will not change as you write it. But knowing that you’re heading east, for example, is better than not knowing at all in what direction you’re heading.

Bio: Dr. MaryAnn Diorio writes riveting, compelling fiction that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart. Her stories will entertain you, move you, and transform you. MaryAnn has been happily married to Dom for 46 years. They are blessed with two amazing adult daughters, a wonderful son-in-law, and five precious and rambunctious grandchildren. When she is not writing, MaryAnn loves to spend time praising and worshiping the Lord, reading, painting, and playing the piano, cello, and mandolin. You may reach her at

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