Oh man! There is nothing basic about writing, I'm still learning but I will do my best to answer. A page turning plot containing the essentials; eg. conflict, 3D characters that develop by the end of the story, brilliant prose, insight, real-life dialogue, scene, tone and much more.
Good base story, obstacles, and growth. It's the make up of anything worth talking about if you think about it.
character development, crisis, resolution of the crisis (which may or may not provide answers for the characters).
the principal is have an a imaginary picture of the history, in your mind, has to be, then the ideas, comes easy, to write and read
The basic ingredients of a story are this: the protagonist (your main character, be he or she hero or anti-hero), the antagonist (the person who opposes the protagonist), the catalyst (the person(s) or thing(s) that bring the two together, and conflict. Lester Dent used a master plot to write most of his Doc Savage novels that always did the same thing. The problem was presented, the hero called upon to solve it, conflict, getting closer to solving the problem, only to be shoved away or a roadblock thrown up several times throughout, and then the resolution. If there is no conflict, and suspense, the story will shrivel and die a slow cruel death. Or probably a quick death, because if it was slow and cruel, it would have actually had suspense and conflict in it.
With non-fiction, it is slightly different, unless it's a biography, in which case, it would follow the above. In non-fiction, you have to show people that they don't know something, and then give them the basis to understand the process, and then give them the process.
Plot, flow, grammer, conflict, interesting characters.
Plot, character, scenarios etc. etc.
The basic ingredients... A story that will work every time, any time. A good number of characters, and the rest I think really depends of the length of the story. A shorty has to come straight to the point and has to carry a lot less details. A longer one has to really keep the interest of the reader. It needs chapters, cilffhangers and all.
An interesting, compelling beginning, a well-crafted, well-written middle, and an exciting, unexpected ending--all the things that readers love!
Beginning, middle and ending? Or in my case, I like to establish those and then set my story before them or after them. Characters are nice, too. A character one can get inside the head of. And I think also the unknown. You have to be very careful if you have a situation in which the reader knows everything on page one. You can play with that, like they think they know but really they don't. That sort of thing. But otherwise I like there to be a mystery that gets unraveled as the story progresses.
Strong title. Beginning. Middle. End. But since I prefer to write nonconventional flash fiction I think creative message more important than creative story.
A great idea, with good characters, and a plot with decent conflict, twists and turns.
Character is the most important. Because there are movies/TV shows that have had abrupt or cryptic endings that people still love because of the characters in them.
For children's books a simple story line that is brought to life by details that a child can pick up on - colours, actions etc Something that a parent can ask a question around