Mix Characters and Setting in the same bowl. Add Plot and quickly bring to a boil. Season with Comic Relief to taste. Remove from heat and let cool for five minutes. Fold in Resolution. Garnish with Revision and serve. Bon a petite!
Get the readers' interest immediately and do not bore them. Present an idea for stimulating consumption and make them wonder or laugh.
I personally think that any story should have just one character people can either relate to, or fall in love with instantly and know more about them. If it feels real to you, then you are on the right track.
I think a charcter really does make most of the story. The character is the reader's connection with the writer and the rest of the story. A character's outlook on a situation may change the whole mood of the story. I think that as writers, we have to get close to our characters, dissect them and mold thier very cores. If we don't, then we're left with a bland figure that just exists. It does nothing to aid the plot.
Which leads me to the next most important ingredient, the plot. For obvious reasons, we knew that without the plot, there is no story. As free as I'd like to be, I know that I can't just sit down to write and wait for a plot to come to me. I have to spend a lot of time on all of the plots. It's sometimes even interesting to throw in an under-plot. But we can't forget conflicts. Sometimes, its hard to put our precious characters in danger. But that's what keep the plot appealing. If there's always a happily ever after, the reader gets bored. So, give your hero a way out, but wait until he's really at his lowest. An invincible character can't relate to a flawed reader.
No story is successful unless the first paragraph grabs you. The first paragraph has to be well crafted enough to set the stage for what is yet to come. A story that has no conclusion and that doesn't end with a resolution is also not successful. Everything in the middle can change. The idea is to inform, inspire or entertain. If a story can't do one of the three, or make a person think about things, then it isn't a successful one. I should add that what I write is exclusively non-fiction.
The basic ingredients of a story are the prologue, the body and the epilogue.
You also need a compelling interlaced storyline, where separate sub-plots mesh together towards the end.
Character and action
Believable characters ,action and a little of everything
Excellently crafted characters are an absolute top choice. Readers have to have someone to take the journey with. I can't tell you how many times I've been disgusted because there wasn't a character I could hang my hat on. Not to say there has to be someone likeable. But there has to be a character I find sympathetic, even if I hate him/her.
After that, story and then setting. A good story will have interesting subplots, something to keep it from dragging in the muddy middle.
A strong plot, dynamic characters and sufficient internal and external conflict to make them work together to solve the mystery and develop their relationship.
For me, the basic ingredients of a story are my own experiences and reading books and other resources that can inspire me to write a story.
I think the basic ingredients of a story has to be a good story line. By that, I mean something that's going to get people's attention, or something they can relate to. I've had quite a few people tell me when they were reading my book, it was like I wrote it just for them.
The most basic ingredient of a story is that which is to be resolved. Once I have that in mind the others just come to life, pop out at me. Along the way, of course, I hope the characters take on a believable life and define themselves clearly.
Yumminess, gags and a teeny insight into something.
a story to keep you interested, action, a good ending.