As a further aid to writers, this primer highlights some of the important questions you should be asking yourself when constructing your stories. This advice is also pertinent for any type of writing whether a short story, screenplay, or novel.
This is a thumbnail of your story, what amounts to a brief encapsulation of not only the idea, with all the essential ingredients, like a beginning a middle and an ending, but also touching on the characters and their motivations/conflicts/goals. This also helps you to focus on the main and salient points of the story and characters.
Familiarize yourself as much as possible with the history of your characters. Live, breath and be on intimate terms with them, daily, as you write. Otherwise the reader will not believe in them. They must be as real as your friends, your family, your neighbours.
The characters must strive to achieve something, or to avoid something. Obstacles and sabotaging your character helps bring them to life; you have to determine what your character wants, and, how far she’ll go to achieve it. And just as importantly how far someone else will go in trying to stop them.
CONFLICT, EMOTIONS & DESIRES
You don’t just tell a story, you must also drive the story. For it to succeed nothing drives a story better than conflict and emotion. A chapter should be made up of a number of things. So to make them work, just like the novel as a whole, they should have a beginning, a middle and, that all important end. Move the driving forces of your chapter as you would the driving forces of your whole novel. Think, plan, prepare. Then execute. Move one chapter into another leaving the reader hungry for more.