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  • Writer's pictureIan Brooks

What Must a Good Story Have?

a good story

While there are millions upon millions of books and stories in the world, they all contain similar traits. The vast, vast, vast majority of them (99.99%) will have the following five characteristics: plot, conflict, theme, setting and character. In any good story, these help to drive the story forward, get audiences invested, create tension and make it easy to follow.


A plot is the sequence of events which occur in the story.


The time and location in which a story happens.


The characters that drive the story forward.


The idea or message that reoccurs throughout the story.


The struggle or obstacle the protagonist must overcome to be successful.

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