More about plot
Like the beginning, middle and end of a story, there are other elements in most stories that are pretty important. Review the story ‘signposts’ below … if some don’t seem to have been included in your story, then consider whether you might need to do some rewriting.
Note: Not all the points below
HAVE to be included but most stories use most or all of them.
- What is the central question/conflict/mystery?
- Are their any minor stories within your big story (subplots)?
- What is at stake for your characters emotionally?
- Does this change in the story?
- What changes at the start of the story?
- What and who triggers the change?
You will probably have to answer these questions many times as you re-read your story. More than one thing will change for example, you may have several mysteries in the main story!
At the end of your story in the climax, all the threads of your story should come together.
- What happens at the climax?
- How do your readers KNOW things have changed after the climax?
When you’re happy polishing the details of your story, visit the
Finish a story
page to find short story competition details.