The 5 Elements Of A Story


What are the five elements of a story? This post offers 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, www.oneyearnovel.com

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  1. Writers Write

    Please send us a link , Elie. All we can find are seven character types, which have nothing to do with this post.

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