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An adventure story is basically a story revolving around a small group of characters, who go off on an expedition together. Before you write your adventure story, it is recommended that you read these tips:

  • Genre: There are a huge variety of adventure stories. In a sense, all stories are adventure stories. The genres between different adventure stories vary. Let's take what are generally considered to be the two greatest works of George Lucas: Indiana Jones and Star Wars. Indiana Jones is set in the past, and revolves around an archaeologist armed with a gun who explores ancient ruins among other things, and Star Wars is about a knight armed with a lightsaber who's battling an evil empire. They may seem different, but in actuality, they're not. They're both adventure stories. Decide what type of adventure you want your characters to have.

  • Characters: This is important. You need to decide your hero's personality. Is he/she heroic? Lots of adventure stories have heroic main characters, although this is not a necessity, it's up to you what they are like. Your audience should feel something for your character. If you want, you can come up with a background story for your character.

  • Reasons: Why is your character going on this adventure? Is it for the spirit of exploration, or for fame and fortune? This is important, as a goal for the main character keeps the story going. There are plenty of reasons why he/she might be going on this adventure. Once again, the choice is up to you.

  • The Adventure: What kind of danger will your hero run into on this adventure? Sketch out your bad guys, and work on action sequences. Decide how the adventure will end, if it will have a happy ending, a sad ending, or a bittersweet ending.

Above all, have fun!