How to write a good story

The key to writing a good story is simple:

1. Show, don’t tell. Give details that will let the reader realise for themselves what is happening.
2. The story must progress. The story must have a progression and plot that moves it forward. It cannot be simply describing a scene.
3. Create concrete characters. Create characters that are detailed in name, age, background and physical looks that the reader can visualise and empathise with.
4. Create a plot that gradually unfolds the story. The key is never to tell everything right away. Reveal snippets for the reader to slowly piece together to achieve a climax or ending.

2 Comments

  1. jhorta says:

    You had me at #1. No point in forcing a story, as the reader will see right through you.

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