I’ve been teaching some classes in creative writing lately, and I wanted to share some of the most important details in storytelling.
Every successful story has 5 parts. They may not always be in the same order, but they are always present.
1 – Where does it happen?
2- Who is there?
3 – What is the problem?
4- Why is the problem important now?
5- How does the problem get solved?
By explaining these to your reader, they will be able to follow your story clearly. You can use them in other areas too – I learned them at the Vancouver Theater Sports League as hints for improvising actors, but they also make sense in presentations, job interviews, and other formal situations.