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Structure

The first thing to remember is that stories have a beginning, a middle and an end. A story has to be in the right order or your readers won't understand it.

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Beginning

The beginning of a story is where you introduce your readers to your style, setting and characters. Often a writer will give his characters a problem to solve. This keeps the reader interested, as they'll want to find out what happens.

Middle

In the middle you develop your story. The reader begins to ask more questions and starts to learn what will happen to the characters.

End

In the end you tell readers exactly what happens to the characters and how they solved the problems you gave them at the start.

Don't leave any questions unanswered at the end of the story and make sure your reader knows what happens to all your characters - unless you are planning a sequel (second part), in which case don't tell the reader everything! Then they'll want to read your next story to find out what happens.

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