The 5 Key Elements of Story
Understand what makes a story so you can make your story great.
UPDATE, FEBRUARY 2022: I'm moving my courses. Click here to access them. To access this course specifically, click here.
Do you or do you not have a story on your hands?
At the end of the day it's simple: what publishers, agents, and readers want is writing they can't set down. This goes for memoirs and character-driven literary stories as much as it goes for thrillers and romance novels.
This free introductory class on the crucial elements of story is included in the Story Momentum course, which examines various techniques to achieve maximum momentum in your writing. Here, I discuss these essential elements, which provide the foundation for most of my critiques of stories.
You simply don't have a story unless you have these five elements.
In this course, you'll gain a better understanding of how the elements of story work and how to ramp them up in order engage the audience more profoundly. At the end of this course, you’ll come away with some very focused questions to ask of your own work, and you’ll be better equipped to see exactly what might be missing from your story.
There's even a workbook!
Both beginning and seasoned storytellers can benefit from a deeper understanding of story. You'll get more from the class if you have a draft of a story you can work with, but none is required.
TD Storm is an award-winning writer and teacher whose stories have appeared in a number of journals. His passion for storytelling and its inner workings inform his teaching, editing, and mentoring. He has worked with countless writers on personal essays, novels, short stories, and more. And he's been teaching since 1999.
Want to know more about TD Storm? Check out the About page for the school.
Want to know more about his approach toward writing and teaching writing? Look at this post on the "Core Tenets of Storm Writing School."
Is he the right teacher for you? Look, this class may or may not be right for you, but TD Storm is the real deal when it comes to writing instruction and editing. He has yet to meet a writer he couldn't help. Seriously, this guy friggin' rocks. (He's much more humble when he writes in first person, by the way. Very down to earth.)
PreviewWhat Makes a Story? (7:38)
StartThe Five Story Elements (1:52)
StartThe Elements Explained: Character (1:55)
StartThe Elements Explained: Objective (2:40)
StartThe Elements Explained: Conflict (1:24)
StartThe Elements Explained: Action (4:04)
StartThe Elements Explained: Stakes (2:22)
StartRamping Up the Elements (2:41)
StartWrap-up and Homework (3:16)