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How to Write a Sad Story

11 Jan, 2013 03:29 AM

Writing a sad story is truly a great art in itself; an art to bring tears into someone’s eyes by your words and not many writers have successfully achieved the reward of doing so. Greatest sad stories that have ever been produced are the ones that are written by the writer’s heart. I will be sharing with you what I believe are the essentials to write a sad story.

As I just said a story can only have enough sadness and pain in it if the writer is writing with all their heart. When writing a sad story one should bring themselves to feel any sort of agony and sadness they have ever felt in life. It could be out of loss of a loved one, being parted from a loved one or a best friend, leaving school or leaving childhood town, a loss in the business, loss of a dear pet and so on. It can be an endless list of reasons that ever made you sad. The more closely one relates to painful moments in their life the sadder their story will be.  Example of this is that most of the sad stories are experience from people’s lives; their sufferings in times of hunger, prison or being abandoned.

A sad story should be simple and easily understandable to the readers and the character sketches for each character should be well built so that the reader builds a link with them. By making the story understandable it means that one should employ a descriptive writing style that paints clear pictures of scenes and characters so that the readers can actually visualize them in their minds. Remember that your words should have a powerful impact like it does in sad movies. The characters as you line them up in your story should be done in such a way that audience should ‘feel’ for the characters; only then will your story be touching enough to make them cry. Make your characters more human than superficial and heroic.

A big No-No for Happy Endings! Yes, a sad story is sad because it does not end happily ever after so bear this simple rule in mind. Your story should leave a yearning and a vacuum only then the audiences feel sympathetic towards the characters involved and cry on their ill-fate and misfortune. The sudden death or a similar twist in the story goes a long way in guaranteeing the success of a sad story but this works best only if the characters are well developed and the audiences are kept intact throughout. Their interest should be maintained at every level; if they lose interest then the story will not have the desired effect.

So, what are you waiting for? Pick up your pen; take your imagination to all the points in life when you got sad and felt pain and you will find yourself creating a great sad story that will have the ability to move its readers.

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bettyboop says:
27 Jan, 2013 12:53 PM

i am very srprised why no one has commented yet, this is a very good article. i write some sad stories myself, and everything you said is true. thank you for posting this, when i was starting out i would have liked this kind of advice.
Do you write sad stories?

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Trinity says:
22 Feb, 2013 12:30 PM

Really good article. Kind of makes you think, huh.

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mercy-gray says:
12 Mar, 2013 09:08 PM

i enjoyed this piece of literature. so there isn't a sad ending with out that beautiful beginning.

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Ross says:
03 Apr, 2013 10:17 PM

I try to write sad stories from a first person perspective, but tend to overuse 'I'. Any ideas on combating this?

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Sumaya says:
06 Jun, 2013 03:45 AM

this helped alot i have to write a story about someone losing a loved one for a project at school and i my self has lost a loved one so learning how to conect with the story and my self was a lot of help. Thankyou :)

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Wavey Blues says:
21 Jun, 2014 09:43 AM

oh wow, had me tear abit there. Thanks. It was helpful.

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Nobody says:
06 Jul, 2014 09:53 PM

Wow thanks for the advice,even I am writer Its good to get new info:)

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runit says:
28 Jul, 2014 12:35 PM

thank...sad stories..the thing that beating human heart long than other...
this article is too helful for all those ,who are new...

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Yarima Sadiq says:
21 Oct, 2014 03:29 PM

Infact when i goes througth this quotation, i was very flabbergast that is thise true storied?.

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Chinnu says:
13 Jan, 2015 09:28 AM

I am lover of it...bcoz i m living far frm my loved one..ur article is excellent...post more

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Hriday Narzary says:
19 Feb, 2015 05:17 PM

its really amazing!! i m also suffering from tragedy!! its really good!! its same like me!!

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Mandeep Singh says:
20 Jun, 2015 06:14 AM

nice $T0®Y

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Rey May says:
06 Apr, 2016 07:22 PM

Honestly it was an amazing piece of writing. I also write sad story's, songs, poems, and videos

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