Just what is the difference?
Doesn’t a good plot automatically write a good story?
Nope. Nor does a good idea turn, as if by magic, into a good story.
I have a notebook filled with good ideas and files filled with outlines that go nowhere. A lovely outline doesn’t make a good story, and few of my outlines are lovely. A story is more than a series of events.
So just what makes a good story?
A story makes the writer and reader feel something. It has the power of persuasion. I included the writer because if I don’t feel persuaded, my readers certainly won’t. A writer’s job is to ensnare the reader to the degree they are willing to suspend belief and believe the impossible. That’s my goal.
Want to know more?
Chuck Wendig takes a concept that is unexplainable and gives us as close to an explanation as is possible. I hope you get as much from his post as I did.
Click and read WHAT EXACTLY MAKES A DAMN GOOD STORY?
Now go forth and write that damn good story.
I’d really like to know, so tell me…
How do you recognize a good story?
Do you start with an idea or character?