The Essential Qualities of a Good Story
The essential quality of a good story is the ability to take readers somewhere else and make them glad they went. It’s also essential to make the writing easy to read, which means the writing must be grammatically correct.
Nothing takes an experienced reader out of a story faster than having to decipher convoluted sentences with improper punctuation.
From an interview with J J Dare, Author of False Positive and False World
From an interview with Mickey Hoffman, author of School of Lies
From an interview with Michael Murphy, author of Scorpion Bay
In my opinion, a good story has conflict throughout and characters the reader will care about. I don’t believe the story; what happens to the characters is nearly as important as how these events impact the character’s lives, how they’ve evolved and grown, or in some instances, how they’ve stuck to their principles and not changed by events in the story. An example of this type of story would be the movie High Noon.
From an interview with John Grover, Author of “Feminine Wiles”
A good story is about style. The writing style makes it unique. And secondly, to make the reader care about your characters. Without empathy for your characters, readers won’t care what happens to them. Once they care, you can really rev things up. I think it is all about how you tell the story and how the characters come to life. Write about what you know, add in touches from your life, and real people, and it will come to life.
So, what, in your opinion, are the essential qualities of a good story?