What Makes a Good Story?

The concept of “story” is a difficult to define. Everyone knows how to identify a story, but to describe what it actually is is a different matter. To me, a story is an in-depth look at an event or events. A story needs a character, who must have a desire. If the character has no desire, then there is no external motivation for the story to move along. The character must also experience conflict, which might interfere with their desire. My favorite story is Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower”. It is an epic tale told over the course of seven books. I like it so much because of the mood of the story. It is a strange mixture of time, space, apocalypse, romance, and spaghetti-western. The character development in it is superb, and there is always something that makes me want to keep reading and not put the book down. The characters are incredibly complex, and they each have their own set of motivations.


3 thoughts on “What Makes a Good Story?

  1. meaganmthornton January 17, 2015 / 6:01 pm

    Your mention of desire caught my eye. I have never thought about the necessity of a character to possess desire in order to make a story interesting. I think it is an apposite claim to make because if true then in writing one would want to consider the desires of their characters and potentially alter them in order to add interest. Whether or not your claim is true is one that I am going to ponder.-Sara Haller


  2. meaganmthornton January 20, 2015 / 3:15 am

    Sam Watson wrote this, sorry for not posting my name initially. I will in the future.


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