Elements of StoryElements of Story7 years ago in Writing
Updated Mar. 18th 2009
The following is a self-discovered list of elements contained in an excellent story:
An interesting and intriguing main character, an individual with a unique past that has made him who he is at the time of the story. Be sure to explain the important aspects of this backstory where appropriate.
This main character must have a story goal: a mission to accomplish, a mystery to solve, his past to reconcile, a villain to overthrow, a treasure to find, a person to save, etc.
Along with this goal, the character must have an all-consuming desire that drives him to accomplish what he sets out to achieve. Love, revenge, money, justice, purpose, an identity crisis, etc.
Fear. This is the person or thing that has the power to stop him from accomplishing his goal. A threat.
An enemy. If another person, this enemy must be smart, strong, and resourceful with a goal directly opposing that of your main character, and he must have an equally strong desire to ful
The Guide to FancharactersFancharacters. We're all familiar with them. Most of us greatly dislike the majority of them. This is because a large number of them are written by people creating their first characters, who really have no clue how to create an original character in the first place, and don't realize that inserting a new character into an existing work actually requires more attention to balance to be successful, never mind the fact that the authors often have fictional crushes on at least one character in the work they are writing about. For this reason, some of the most frighteningly bad Mary-Sues are often found in fanfiction.The Guide to Fancharacters5 years ago in Writing
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