Writing a Story? 10 Key Parts Of A Story You Must Include

Do you know the essential parts of a story — or why they’re essential?

Think back to the last story you read (or listened to) that captured your imagination and held onto it to the end.

Chances are the story elements described in this article were responsible for that.

And you can probably point to at least one of them and remember how that element in the story took hold of you.

But what are the elements of a compelling story?

And how do you put them together to create one of your own?

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99 Fun Flash Fiction Writing Prompts

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You keep running into microfiction stories in your social media feeds. Some of them are really good, too.

And you’re thinking, “I bet I could write something like that.”

All you need are some inspiring flash fiction prompts to get you started.

Even if you just want to challenge yourself to write more and to share more of what you write, flash fiction is an excellent way to hone your storytelling skills.

And if you win some flash fiction writing challenges along the way, so much the better.

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37 Words of Diction To Use In Your Writing

When was the last time a reader asked you about the diction you’re using in your current work in progress? 

Yeah, me neither. 

Most people ask about the characters, the plot, maybe the theme. Maybe. But diction doesn’t come up often in friendly conversations about books. 

Considering how important it is, though, maybe it should. 

And considering the types of diction you have to choose from (it’s not just a question of formal vs. informal), I’m glad you’re here to learn more about it.

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66 Horror Writing Prompts That Are Freaky As Hell

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Looking for some scary story ideas for your next writing project?

Sometimes, a good scary prompt idea is all you need to get started on a dark story your readers won’t be able to put down.

And that is the goal. What’s a horror story without white-knuckle suspense?

You want your readers at the edge of their seats, unable to stop though they know something bad is about to happen.

You also want to reward them for reading to the end and leave them wanting more.

So, how can this collection of horror writing prompts help with that?

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41 Of The Best Romance Writing Prompts

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Writing romance isn’t as easy as many people seem to think.

“You write romances? I could totally do that, too, but I have SO much on my plate. Plus, I think if I’m gonna write a book, I want it to be more of a challenge.”

Said by someone who has never finished writing a romance (or not one worth reading).

Because one thing good romance writing is not is easy.

It’s a real challenge to write an engaging story with two characters whose personalities and chemistry keep the reader hooked all the way to a satisfying end.

There’s magic in that. And it’s not to be underestimated.

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365 Of The Best Daily One-Word Writing Prompts

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Sometimes, when it comes to writing prompts, less is more.

Otherwise, why would you be here looking for one-word topics to write about

One solitary word can contain a universe of ideas — even small words like “if” and “or.”

So, why not keep it simple this coming year with a daily word prompt?

Who can tell what a full year of using word prompts can do for your development as a writer?

There’s only one way to find out.

And while we’re encouraging you to try, it seems only fitting to share what this practice has done for other writers

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How To Annotate A Book In 9 Key Steps

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To annotate any text is to make it your own. With annotating, you engage with the writing and its author. You turn it into a conversation. 

You’re not just reading the words any more; you’re interacting with them, all the better to understand and to benefit from what you learn. 

To help you in this, we created this brief but powerful guide on how to annotate a book. As you learn, feel free to apply your new skills to this post. 

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