A three dimensional character who wants something, runs into an obstacle, and ultimately achieves their goal in an unexpected way.
When I come across a good story, it usually has a grabbing first chapter, characters that immediately stand out and an unforseen twist in the plot!
These are a just a few things that keep me reading, and they are also things I consider when writing fiction. Writers need to look at their work from the reader's perspective, though, so they should absolutely know what readers want.
1. Good writing with all the pretty shiny words in all the right places
2. Memorable characters
3. Strong protagonist
4. Just enough back story. "Never let the history get in the way of a good story." Can't remember who wrote that.
5. I want to finish reading a novel and "know" the main character, confident the writer also knew the main character because often he or she doesn't. I sometimes close a book and think, "She wouldn't have done that." The story and characters need to be believable and consistent.
6. I want the story to hang around in my head after reading it. I want a story I can mull over and think about for a while.
An interesting plot with surprises and a positive goal.
Characters that are interesting and well developed.
Dialog that engages.
Settings that are compelling.
by Sammy 8 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??
by pburger 8 years ago
What is more important and why - plot, character, style, narration, description?
by Chris Mills 3 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 TheDailyMessenger 6 years ago
What makes a really good story, in your opinion?
by Eugene Hardy 6 years ago
Does a story have to be 'believable' to be a good story?Even in science fiction, should it not be believable?
by Wayne Tully 6 years ago
What do you look for in a movie review?the story or the whole movie summed up? or what else?
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