So, you've decided to become a writer! But where does one start?
The first thing you'll need is an idea. This could be a detailed idea of the events of the story or just a vague idea of a character or genre. For the purposes of this tutorial, let's say I've decided to write a story about intelligent plants.
The next thing you'll need is a character. The character should follow logically on from the idea, either by being the ideal person for this form of story or by being a complete outsider for this type of story, thus offering a fresh perspective. In order to keep things simple, the most logical character for this story would be a botanist.
Now let's flesh out the character a little bit. Many good stories revolve around the conflict between what the main character believes they want, and what they actually want, so it's a good idea to give the character a shallow and obvious goal, and also a deeper hidden desire. With our botanist, we'll give him the shallow goal of becomin