Using your notes during the brainstorming process, begin outlining as you develop the structure and elements of your story. Outlining helps organize and develop your characters and plot. As you form your outline, write down the order of events as you see them. Remember, your short narrative should be at least five pages in length and should discuss a consistent theme throughout. Writing a story is a fluid process, so you may notice that your initial plan changes periodically as you outline and draft your story.