April 4, 2016

5 elements you'll need when writing a story, no matter the genre... #amwriting #MondayMotivation

Monday Motivation . . . Writerly things and stuff.

Stories can be simple or complex.

They can be about anything from small-town firefighters to alien invaders to princesses who shift into firefighting werewolves from Mars. You get the idea. 

But all stories have FIVE things in common . . .  

Plot. Characters. Conflict. Theme. Setting.

Setting sets the scene. Gives the where and when.
Plot is the action. A series of events. A quest for satisfaction.
Characters are the people in the story who carry out the action.
Conflict has something going wrong. A struggle in the plot (internal and external).
Theme is the main idea. The central belief. Usually something abstract.


Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out where you want your story to go, but if you break it down into manageable elements, it can seem less daunting. I'm actually using this process for a story proposal I'm working on at the moment. 

So if you're feeling a bit overwhelmed, go back to the bare-bones of the story. You'll work it out.

You got this.

Story prompt:

Want more motivation? Who doesn't? Check out more of my Monday posts.


Working it out . . . karen

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