Story needs its heroes. Good and evil. At least in that kind of stories/books I write. Of course there should be the action and the goal. Place and time aren't really important for me, but I love looking for nice places. Also feelings are really important. If you don't have them, then your story/book is like thousands of others!
A great concept, interesting and relatable characters, passion (this can be a negative passion, or a positive one like romantic passion). It should be engaging, descriptive and flow well. A clear hook for the reader at the beginning is also important, so they keep reading!
For starters you need a beginning, middle and end. You need characters a plot and solution.we know that.
You need a character that engages you. You want the character to be relatable, likable and given a story that sucks the reader in.
I think you need a location you can see in your mind. A location that makes the reader long to go there, but still feel very familiar.
Easy dialog, a flow to the text carries the story along is very important, as well.
Good characters, great dialogue, an interesting plot, what every story needs. And ultimately a writer who can convey their thoughts in an interesting way and an intelligent way.
A plot, developed characters, and events that make twists and turns in the story.
basic ingredients...hmmm I think a good Novel needs drama, romance, betrayal (for example when someone hurts you, or they turn on you etc), and sometimes even loss. You need sadness in a story for sure, in order to get happiness in it.
I believe the development of characters in the story is as important as the plot. One can't have a terrific plot but lose it by having weak characters. The plot should have the reader engrossed and make the book eminently readable.
Passion for the message a writer is trying to relay to the reader is important. Research into their genre or topic is vital, and creative use of language is helpful. Speaking to the audience, not AT them is probably the most important, and difficult, task a writer faces. Using language that suits the audience and feels right to the author at the same time can be a tender balance.
Basic Ingredients.... I'd say Characters and Dialog. You have to have relateable characters and specific dialog to match. You can't have a "trailer-trash" character speak with perfect grammar.
Take the TV show "King of the Hill"; Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhouer are four characters cut from completely different cloths. The way they dress, talk, act, react differently in the same situations. You have to have that, Different characters and dialog to match.
Flour ... Eggs ... Milk ... Sugar !
To be honest, I kind of like novels that don't follow a formula. As long as a book has believable characters and a strong plot then I'm happy.
I love to read and write an entertaining story that chills the spine, warms the heart, and soothes the soul - all with a dash of humor.
Great characters, a believable setting and a convincing plot. When these things are mixed together, they will usually (but not always) provide the author with a story they can be proud of. On the occasions when this mixture doesn't work, it usually means the author has under or over cooked the ingredients.
First and foremost, your story has to have an interesting plot. Next, it needs to be carried by strong characters. Readers need to connect with your main character and want to follow them through the story. If you can't hold a reader's interest, they're not going to finish the book.
Facts, creativity, imagination, pain, life, love, music, beautiful and dark places.
Friendship and love