first and foremost, no matter how great the idea or cool the subject, I must be able to connect or care about the characters, who must have human motivations - even if they're not human. I have to care, for example, if a character dies or becomes very happy.
A really good story captures my attention. I want to know what's going to happen, and I care what happens to the characters. A good read means that I don't want to put the book down. I don't count pages to see how many I have left, and I'll sacrifice sleep to finish it. It's a book I'll recommend to friends.
I have read many books that have all the elements for a good story, but the author did not make me care about the characters. I have to care about what happens to them, they need to be likable. I want to be so involved in the story that I can't wait to see what is going to happen - I want it to be a page-turner and part of that is caring about the characters and what will happen to them.
what makes a really good story to me is one that do not want to end, that has unexpected twists and turns, that i can identify with, and it keeps me turning pages from beginning to end...i just don't want to put it down till i finish it...the characters are well developed, intriguing, and invite me into their world.
by pburger 11 years ago
What is more important and why - plot, character, style, narration, description?
by Chris Mills 6 years ago
Good writing won't save a bad story. Bad writing won't necessarily kill a good story. Thoughts?I read something along these lines recently and I can't remember who wrote it. King? Hemingway? There's no excuse for poor writing, but I'm thinking about the value of a good...
by Ariana Phillips 9 years ago
What are some key elements of a really good story?
by Andrea Lawrence 6 years ago
What makes for a really good poem?
by Wayne Tully 9 years ago
What do you look for in a movie review?the story or the whole movie summed up? or what else?
by Sammy 11 years ago
Every time I start a new story, I always attempt to create a story board so I dont forget small details and characteristics of the main story line, yet I never end up doing it.It it an essential part of writing a story??
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