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The 5 Essential Story Ingredients & More

You wouldn't expect a taco salad to taste good without all the proper ingredients, would you? The same can be said about a story. Without the right blend of plot, characters, emotional drive and more, your story will fall flatter than a popped birthday balloon (which, according to my eldest daughter, is one of the top 5 worst things that can happen—just after "running out of donuts," but just before "having to take a nap"). Here are The 5 Essential Story Ingredients according to author Steven James.

You wouldn't expect a taco salad to taste good without all the proper ingredients, would you? The same can be said about a story. Without the right blend of plot, characters, emotional drive and more, your story will fall flatter than a popped birthday balloon (which, according to my eldest daughter, is one of the top 5 worst things that can happen—just after "running out of donuts," but just before "having to take a nap").

Here are The 5 Essential Story Ingredients according to author Steven James. It's a great article with excellent advice.

Here are a few other articles focused building your story:

- Why “Start Your Novel Is With Action” is Bad Advice

- How to Balance Action, Narrative and Dialogue in Your Novel

- 3 Secrets to Great Storytelling

- How to “Up the Stakes” for Your Main Character

And finally, for all you book lovers out there, I came across this fun board game that tests your knowledge of classic books. Best yet, it's called "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night."

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