All writers want their audience to enjoy their writing. Here are 20 Qualities Your Story Should Have to keep your readers asking for more.
20 Qualities Your Story Should Have
I keep saying that the best way to creative writing is by reading other authors’ works. You must know what your readers want for you to give it to them, though you need to be selfish at some
point to write what YOU want, then again, customers, they say in an old cliche, are always right.
Either of the above choices – writing what you want or satisfying customers’ (readers’) needs, you have to have the urge for quality creation. Creating a good story of high quality will rank you high in the writing industry, make you stand out from other writers, and buy you a reputation jacket more easily.
However, the qualities your story should encompass are threaded below.
Creating original content from scratch gives you an edge in your writing prowess –
Getting something no one else has makes your readers think you’re great and deserve some accolades.
This makes catharsis get a hold of your readers. That connection they feel when reading your story, that sense of belonging keeps them glued to your work and makes them not want to drop the story till it’s finished.
Simplify your theme –
Your theme should call your attention whenever you try to deviate. Remembering the theme of a scene or chapter is a good logical flow that’d beautify your work.
You need to add this to your list of qualities your book needs to possess. A good one drives the wheel to the final destination.
Develop a good storyline that readers would be able to say, “I love this story,” and recommend to a friend.
Plot Twist –
Well, the plot twist is just another way to surprise your readers – in a beautiful way that’d make them more interested.
Dramatic content –
Are you married, or do you have a 21st Century girlfriend? If yes, then you know how dramatic they can be. Make the storyline more dramatic than that.
Many writers ignore this logical sequence in their stories. Some jump from one episode to the other with no prior connection – That is a ‘bad’ style. You have to flow logically and explain yourself while you do.
Create tension –
This is a good one – give your readers some chills they’d take home. This makes readers nervous and causes them to want more
A beautiful creative writing quality makes readers curious to know what is next. I kind of like this quality most because it achieves a great deal and has a good effect on the readers.
You need to present what is real in a fictional way. People want something they can relate to; that creates an impact on them. Your story will be flat if it’s not near to life.
Employ Subplots –
The subplot supports the main plot, and when a good writer uses it, it contracts the whole story and presents a good outline.
A good Setting –
Let the story setting reflect the story itself. Do not be inconsistent to not connect with what you’re writing.
If your story lacks this quality, then it’s not a good one – it will be flat, with no actions. Conflict depicts a strong reality that readers can connect to.
Character introduction/presentation –
You need to be creative enough to let the audience meet your characters. Then you have to assign specific roles to them, whether you have a flat or dynamic character. Let their roles be unique and create a sense of belonging to the audience.
Build up your conflict to climax – if your story is top-notch, this quality is a must-do. The climax presents the total escalation of conflict, which is resolved later in the story.
More of conflict resolution. This is the stage where you resolve the issues and conclude the outcome of the conflict in your story.
Your ending –
I have grown tired of reading stories that I know how they’d end from the beginning. Though I believe that the application of these qualities would riot this assertion – you need to create something and conclude your story in a surprising way that your readers would love and ask for more in the future.
This appeals to character development and also to the purpose of writing. You do not need to loosen a character’s trait and add more to another – if you’re writing about a flat character, and suddenly, he becomes flexible, you might be presenting a clouded confusion to your audience.
Uniqueness – This quality was reserved for last – Unique creations always get unique reactions.
If you want to give your audience something they’d crave to finish before doing something else, you might have to consider becoming a unique creator. For example – you have to present a storyline that defies a natural order of things or one that presents machines never seen before. What I mean is – your storyline and plot need to be different from what we see every day if you want to make it to the list of people’s faves.
Have you been using these 20 Qualities Your Story Should Have? Do you wish to try using them to make your writing stand out? Either way, tell us about your writing experience; you may be the encouragement another writer needs.