Choose a faraway, exotic location for your hero to visit. Foreign countries, deserted islands or even other worlds altogether are obvious choices, but heroes don’t necessarily have to leave their backyards to find an adventure. In a children’s story, the heroine could find adventure in a forest near her house.
Create a hero or heroine. Adventure stories typically do not focus on character development, but your protagonist should possess some kind of defined role, whether he holds a job or is a student. Allot your character some distinctive physical features, as well as a curiosity for exploring. Alternatively, you could create a reluctant hero, in the style of Bilbo Baggins from “The Hobbit.”
Invent a catalyst for your adventure story. Give your protagonist a reason to leave and go exploring. This catalyst should involve some danger, to build suspense. For example, in “Indiana Jones,” a professor is led to search for an artifact he believes could be lethal if it falls into the wrong hands.
Craft some unexpected twists and turns to challenge your protagonist. She could get lost following a false clue, become kidnapped by a villain, find a treasure map or have an ally betray her or die.
Construct a spellbinding climax wherein the hero faces extreme danger and a positive outcome of events seems doubtful. Include a tell-all confrontation between the protagonist and antagonist, where the hero finally learns the villain’s motives.
Resolve the climax with the defeat of the antagonist by the protagonist and her friends. Allow the protagonist to return home with the promise of resuming normal life.