The 5 Elements Of A Story

This is an interesting way to look at the layers of a story. Many writers believe that stories begin with characters and the plot develops from them.

This chart says that for a story to work, a character needs five things. He or she needs something:

  1. To care about. 
  2. To want.
  3. To dread.
  4. To suffer. 
  5. To learn.

The remainder of the story will develop from these needs.

Original Source: @DanielSchwabauer,

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