Writing a story is no cakewalk. It is a creative task that requires hours and hours of thinking, creating, and planning. Each writer wants to create a story that is unique and interesting in its own way. A reader expects to read something that is well defined and structured and yet has a layer of magic and creativity to it. Writing a compelling story becomes essential for the writer and also keeping in mind the parameters of a good story need to be followed. The time-consuming process of writing a story has some elements so let us have a look at the 5 elements that will take your writing to the next level.
A Strong Plot
The significance of a good plot has been known since the time of Aristotle. A plot is the series of events that make up a good work be it a novel or a story or any other work of fiction. A plot is the building of an incident that leads to a climax and ultimately a resolution. A strong plot focuses on a particular incident that raises a concern or problem and the goal of the story becomes solving this issue. A plot can be of many types ranging from a comedy to a tragedy.
A plot cannot exist without its characters. Any interesting development can only be fructified if there are characters to enact and advance the storyline. A protagonist or an antagonist along with other characters are pivotal to narrate a good story. Developing these characters becomes a tedious task, but with proper planning, one can create compelling characters that do justice to the plot. Each character will have its own strengths and weaknesses thus making it sound believable.
A Conflict or Tension
No good story is complete without the protagonist going through some conflict and the unfolding of events that lead to him/her finding solutions for the same. As the story gets closer to the desired results, multiple points of the same conflict arise leading to the resolution of the same. Therefore, it becomes crucial to note that conflict and resolution are both incomplete without one another. Conflicts can be both external i.e. with the outside environment and internal i.e. the mental agony and tension the characters go through.
A Resolution to the conflict
How will the plot ever be complete unless the characters reach a point of resolution? To put a peaceful end to the story, one needs a justifying resolution to the conflict that arose in the initial parts of the plot. Even if one decides to keep the reader hooked for another part of the story, offering some insight as to how the characters will resolve the conflicts is a good way of ending the prior parts. A resolution also shows the character development from the initial parts of the story to the latter ones.
The setting of the Story
Where the story is set, the setting has a lot to offer to the development of the story. The characters, the plot, the dialogue, and almost all other elements are essential to the storyline but one must not forget that all of these elements depend upon the setting of the situation. The social setting, the social structure of the environment shape and develops the characters and the plot also becomes dependent on the time and place setting of the story. One cannot have a robot placed in the medieval century. A relatable setting may offer the readers to dwell deeper and deeper into the story, thus piquing their interest.