If you’ve always believed in your writing skills, and want people to appreciate the stories you have in your mind, it is important to pen them down on paper rather than keeping in your head. However, just because you have some good ideas does not mean you can be a great writer. In order to write an interesting story, you need to understand every aspect of the literary world, and how to spin your words into everlasting tales.
No matter how charming you plan your protagonist to be, you need an interesting storyline to keep the readers interested. Every story has three acts (beginning, middle, end) formulated with the right mix of some key ingredients. A story needs to have an origination, escalation of a conflict and resolution.
Every story needs a vulnerable character, mixed up in a setting which is important to the narrative. The character’s meaningful choices will determine the outcome of your story, and reader’s interest. In simple words, every story is a journey of transformation from one situation to another. Sometimes, it’s also about the transformation of a character. A better understanding of the key ingredients that make up a story will help you tell your tale to the world.
The beginning of your story needs to grab a reader’s attention, and familiarize him with the mood, tone and setting of the story. It should also introduce the protagonist so that the reader invests some time and attention. Before a reader cares about the story, he needs to care about the protagonist.
The best way to introduce the protagonist is to set your reader’s expectations by revealing a basic portrait of the character. You need to give a glimpse of your character’s normal life to the reader. For instance, if your main character is a detective, readers want to see him more at crime scenes. Similarly, a college guy should be playing pranks in the college campus.
Whatever basic portrait you choose for the main character, you need to understand that it will also serve as a strong promise to your readers about the transformation which the character will undergo in the story. [Read more…] about 5 Essentials to good story writing