Any story can be a good story if it can transport you into another world, a world which lingers in your mind long after you have finished reading the book. There are 5 key elements that go into all pieces of great writing. What is it that makes an author an exceptional writer? What are the things that set him apart from the other plethora of writers? It’s the attention that he pays to these 5 key elements that we’re going to talk about.
You must make sure you chart out strong characters that your readers can relate to, empathise with, love, hate, or feel other strong emotions about. It is also essential that your characters have a story arc themselves. Their experiences within the story must affect their behaviour as the story progresses. Who are they when you begin the story? What motivates them to do what they do? What are their experiences? How do these experiences alter their behaviours? How do these changes affect the plot?
Think of the setting as another important character in the story. The landscape in which the characters live and collide with each other must be clear and vivid for the reader’s imagination. A badly-researched or shallow setting may lose the reader’s interest. If you’re setting your story in Mumbai, India, touch upon the weather when you introduce the character or talk about certain historical events when you speak about the city.
This may be stating the obvious, but every story needs a beginning, a middle, and an end. The beginning is where you set the scene, introduce the characters, set the plot in motion, and essentially, get readers to think about what they can expect to happen in the story that’s building in front of their eyes.
The middle is where you increase the pace of the story, you build tension, you delve deeper into each character’s psyche, you raise questions and then answer some, leaving some amount of mystery around some of these questions. You build enough suspense in this part to make sure you keep the readers hooked and make them turn the pages to reach to the end. The end is where the tension reaches its peak and culminates. There is a noticeable change in the characters, maybe for the better or for the worse. Give the reader the perfect closure.
All stories are incomplete without a sense of turmoil, that drives the characters forward and makes the readers think about what’s going to happen next. The conflict may be internal, ie, inside the character’s head or heart, or external, where the characters struggle with the changes happening in the story.
The climax is the pivotal point in the story where you drive the readers towards the end and tell them who finally emerges victorious from the conflict. This is the point you have so meticulously and dramatically built your story up to. Make sure you end the conflict in a coherent, interesting manner to ensure that the reader remains with the story even after it has ended.