Signs of a Great Story


Writing a story is hard. But figuring out whether or not your story is great, can be even harder. To make it a little easier, here are 4 signs you have something special.

1. The Synopsis Gets People Excited - You should be able to describe your story in a few sentences, and those few sentences should be interesting enough to get ANYONE excited. Here's some examples:

PULP FICTION: The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

SCARFACE - In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

BREAKING BAD: A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

2. Your Story Has a Strong Beginning and Ending - Your story should START with a bang and END with a bang. That doesn't mean you need explosions or elaborate action sequences, just something thats powerful and compelling. The beginning should grab the audiences attention immediately and refuse to let go. The end should be thoroughly satisfying.

3. Your Characters are Interesting - It doesn't matter how good your story is, if your characters aren't interesting, the audience won't care. And one of the most effective ways to have interesting characters is to cast interesting people. Try to select actors with strong personalities. Obviously the characters need to be written well too, but if you have charismatic actors, half the work is done for you.

4. You've Spent A LOT of Time on Your Story - Once you finish the first draft of your story, go back and edit and improve your story multiple times. It's like ironing a wrinkled shirt. You have to go over it again and again until there almost no wrinkles left. You'll never be able to get them all out, but get as many as you possibly can. It takes a significant amount of time and patience but it's what separates the good from the great.

by Ik Jagait