Some people are simply blessed as storytellers. Others have to develop skills that help move stories in interesting ways.
Three elements of a great story are:
• Characters we love/hate
• Plots that hold our attention
• Endings we like
Classic Stories give us all the elements of great storytelling within classic themes. The themes give writers a framework for attention-grabbing tales. Shakespeare’s plays demonstrate the versatility possible within the themes.
Classic themes include:
• Forbidden love
• Triumph over evil
As part of determining an outline consider which portions of these classic themes are within the story. Having an understanding of the type of story and the general themes audiences love will help the writer avoid pitfalls and clichés as the characters move through the plot.
Writers who use a plan, work at implementation, complete their story with fewer revisions becoming extremely productive writers and effective storytellers.