Every story needs to have a beginning a middle and an end...lol. Seriously, the best ingredients are a great hero and heroine, an outside conflict or mystery of some sort, and a great resolution to said conflicts.
Some witty humor, snappy comebacks, and sex doesn't hurt anything either!
In my opinion, the basic story line must be sound, with an easy to follow series of events. The most important thing is to keep the reader interested. I find it annoying when the story-line of books, and films, keeps jumping back and forward in time with 'flashbacks'. Some movies these days are extremely difficult to follow because of this.
The main ingredient of a story is a character. A writer has to make the characters believable, true. Without fully developed characters, lovely or not, there is no book.
Every book, of course, must have a plot, a thought out idea on how to start and end the book. Sometimes the end can come in the process of writing, I think that the end is the hardest part of a book.
I don't know. Maybe a plot, lively characters, and great succint descriptions and a gradual
ending, not left hanging.
I think the basic ingredients of a story is your own experience. Just play with your imagination.
A message that people can relate to that affects their life.
Although I am writing specifically for myself I realize I must communicate with my prospective readers. If I can do so, it is the perfect equation. I don't set out to please readers by, for instance, studying reading habits and attempting to analyse the ingredients of a best seller. Hopefully the sort of themes I write about will find an audience. If I were writing fiction I imagine crime writing, with good and original plots, would sell because readers tend to like intrigue, puzzles and even a certain amount of violence.
I would suggest creativity, good writing and a coherent or meaningful theme, are the most important ingredients for a story - as well as a poem.
Characters, character developments, a complimentary plot, with thought-provoking content.
I have to find the nut, the element that connects readers to what I'm writing. If it's a personality profile or feature, I pay very close attention to the subject's voice, because that person is entrusting me with personal experiences; writing with the subject's voice is a tremendous responsibility and I feel an obligation to get that right. I am always amazed at how much people are willing to share with me in interviews!
If it's a business piece, I have to connect the subject to strategy, but I also have to figure out the element that the reader identifies with, so that what I'm writing is credible for the audience. If I miss that, I miss the desired outcome.
Characters, events, plot and climax. They may look rational or irrational to others but it is good if they educate and entertain readers to some extent. Social reformation must be the primary purpose of stories.
I base my stories on character interaction through which the psychological processes between the characters are revealed. To me, a story has got to have more than a good plot and unique, colorful characters - it needs to contain an atmosphere, a message, and an idea. In fact, I usually let the plot develop by itself, depending on the characters' decisions and experience. A good novel also requires emotional/psychological intensity and character depth. I have read many stories with captivating, interesting plot and dull, underdeveloped, monotonous characters. In my opinion, character development is crucial for a good story.
The most important thing in a book is it has to capture the readers' attention. They have to want to read more to find out about the characters what is going to happen. For me this is more important than style. I've started many well-written books that didn't engage me enough to keep me reading the rest of the story.
Definently a good descritpion of everything, i really try to "paint the picture"
Potatoes, stew meat, carrots, onions, seasoning, then set it on the stove, and let it marinate until the smoke alarms are in full hue and cry; then throw it out and order delivery of some kind.
Oh, you were talking about writing a story? Beats me; I don't write those kind of stories.
The diction, dialogue, plot, visual imagery and structure by converging them at a time!