How to create a good story

  • It must have an ending

  • The stakes need to be real

  • Characters and their relationships are the story

  • The characterization arc is the plot and it must be planned in advance

  • Foreshadowing is not a plot device, it is a means of creating realistic and consistent characters

  • Foreshadowing is to be performed on character personality traits and their actions within the world, not on objects

  • There must be a world beyond the story

  • Keep the reader wanting to know what happens next but not because of the plot. Tell us how and why characters change, reveal more details about the world

  • We remember emotions. We read plots on Wikipedia