How to Write an Adventure Story

Adventure! We love to read it – but hate to write it.  WikiHow solves our problem. A comprehensive guide on writing your very own thriller.


Everyone just loves to listen at a good ole adventure story, who doesn’t? It’s fun to hear how adventure heroes like Indiana Jones explore the world in a thrilling way… Now you can write your own adventure story too! Just follow the steps below. (NOTE: this guide is all about how to make an adventure story similar to the Indiana Jones, this might not be the adventure story you’re looking for.)


1. Create your artifact. This is very important if you are to create an adventure story, your artifact could either be based from true objects (the Excalibur, apple of discord, etc.) or you could make one up! Does your artifact possess supernatural powers? Be free and creative! Have fun.

2. Create your hero. Every adventure story must have a hero or else the events will not untangle! You could choose what your protagonist could be, is he/she male or female? What’s his/her educational degree? Why is he/she interested in the artifact? It’s your call!

3. Create your sidekick. Adventure stories are no fun if the hero goes solo, that’s why you must create a sidekick (usually a leading lady, a child, etc.) Is your sidekick loyal or is he a traitor? Is he/she male or female? It’s also your decision.

4. Create your villain. Now if there’s good, there is always bad, that’s why you must make a villain. Is your villain alone or with some companions? Does he repent or not?

5. Create your story. Now this is the most fun part in making an adventure story. You get to choose, arrange and decide the fateful events in your story. Make a draft and put it aside so that when you’re done making the story, you can polish your story’s details. Does the villain die? Is the artifact retrieved?

6. Arrange your story. When you’re done with the drafts, you must arrange your events and start to polish your adventure story’s details. Here you can see the plot spaces and could change a certain event in the story.

7. Create a title! Since your adventure story is already done, write its title! It must be connected to your story and it must be inviting to your listeners. After making your adventure story, go share it with your friends!


  • Create action packed fight sequences.
  • Make cliff-hanging obstacles that are near death for your hero to overcome.

  • Don’t just focus on the artifact. Give your heroes a little or big problem they have to face from the villain.
  • Make your ending satisfying to the listeners. If you’re planning for a sequel then give a hint after the story.
  • Create an overview of the artifact. The listeners to your adventure story must now a history or two regarding your artifact that’s why you must make one. If your artifact is based from a real object (city of El Dorado, Atlantis, Golden Fleece, etc.) research the history of the object and create your own based from it, add your own touch to make it more convincing.
  • Be much convincing. You must be convincing when telling your adventure. For instance, your story must cope up with your setting because how can your listeners relate to the story if it’s about Nazis chasing a treasure hunter in the year 2011? Nazis only existed from the 1930s-1950s.
  • Have a good hero name. Try to make the name unique from the other characters. Having two girls named Brenda and Breda will cause confusion to the reader.
  • Give your hero a signature move. Your character must possess an attribute that will be remembered by the listeners, it can be anything from fashion (fedora hat, pith helmet, etc.) quotes (bingo, got it, etc.) any will do!


  • Don’t prolong your story. Your listeners might get bored.
  • Be original. You must make your own story, don’t copy from others or else you’ll be a criminal for infringement. In case that you based your story from an inspiration (movie, novel, etc.) make your own concept out of it.
  • Never mock or insult anything based from real life.

Things You’ll Need

  • A pen/pencil or anything you can use to write. 
  • A paper/notebook or anything you can use to write on.  
  • If you don’t want to write, you can use a computer or a notebook with Microsoft Word in it so you’ll just have to type it on your keyboard. 
  • A whole bunch of listeners. You can ask friends, family, relatives or anybody from the neighborhood! 
  • Reference sources. For your plot and setting or even your artifact. It’s gonna come in handy.
  • A wild imagination.


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