What makes a good story?

As we are beginning to try to come up with some ideas on our script I have decided to look into what makes a good story. Below is the hero’s journey and the trials and tribulations that is often present in a successful story. I believe this will aid us in thinking through a story line that will be interesting and coherent.


A theme is something important the story tries to tell us—something that might help us in our own lives. Not every story has a theme, but it’s best if it does.


Plot is most often about a conflict or struggle that the main character goes through. The conflict can be with another character, or with the way things are, or with something inside the character, like needs or feelings.

The main character should win or lose at least partly on their own, and not just be rescued by someone or something else

The conflict should get more and more tense or exciting. The tension should reach a high point or “climax” near the end of the story, then ease off.


Before you start writing, know your characters well.

Your main character should be someone readers can feel something in common with, or at least care about.

A main character should have at least one flaw or weakness. Perfect characters are not very interesting.


Set your story in a place and time that will be interesting or familiar.