Plot, character, and structure. The three act structure; beginning, middle, and end. Each paragraph ought have characters—unforgettable characters—with: Point of view, attitude, dramatic need, intentions and obstacles, and the capacity to change - and if you craft it well, they do. Using a cascading progression of intentions and obstacles each character meets challenges, and conflicts that drive the story. Each paragraph tells you something about the character, or drives the tale. Lead characters have an objective, and obstacles, conflict, and their arc throughout the narrative creates a tension that drives readers to turn the pages. Go for a knockout ending!
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