So what are the elements of a good fiction story? Here are the five elements I believe are absolutely essential:
Try to write about characters that can catch the reader‘s imagination – It is important to note that as in reality, you characters need to have a private and a public life. As a fiction writer, you need to make sure that the reader can relate to your character. You need to share the characters personal life, feels, beliefs to make the subject appeal real to your reader.
This way the reader can feel how they feel, experience life through their eyes, through their minds and hearts. It is important to build and share both the bright and dark sides to the character.
Themes based on Emotions – Writing about friendship, loyalty, love, betrayal, loss, redemption, grief, despair, fear – are profoundly part of the human experience, thus make great content to base stories on. Your story can be light, humorous, hard-boiled, playful, serious, panoramic or any one of a number of different styles.
Emotional charge – every successful story, elicits a strong response from the reader. That “emotional charge” is what keeps the reader engaged and keeps the reader emotionally connected to the book. Nothing is better than hearing that a reader “stayed up all night because they could not put the book down”. The key is making sure that you open the character up enough so that they reader can personal relate to that character or story.
Unexpected Turning Point – Whether you are writing a suspense, thriller, mystery, or any other genre, a writer needs to include a powerful turning point to the story. The turning point is the part that is hidden from the reader and later revealed during the progress of the story. The writer can choose between a skillful withholding of information or the subtle drip-feeding of clues. Both are effective in hooking the reader in.
The Unknown Factor – This part is the “spirit” behind the story, Ideas for an unknown factor can be; characters who haunt us, dilemmas we can relate or even common past experiences. Many novels have used this unknown factor very effectively and have taken their places in some of the greatest novels written.
The key to writing a fictional novel is to keep the reader “hooked” on both the character and the story line. Keeping the reader with “I completely relate” to the character will prove to be the golden egg for any writer. For more information on other great writing tips, contact us and let’s talk about how we can get that great story published!.
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