Updated: Jun 1, 2019
For New Year’s Eve, you may have planned on having an awesome night by simply drinking and dancing the night way at the hottest club or heading out of town to bring in the new year with some friends and family. But what actually happened may have turned out to be surprisingly odd, crazy, and downright epic, and now there’s no escaping from it. Don’t secretly keep those unforgettable moments in your mind ― transform them into a possible page-turning, best-selling book.
How can that be done? Well, there are many literary elements that can make a story a great book. But the five elements below are just a few super important literary must-haves that can help turn your epic New Year’s Eve experience into a book worth reading.
If you don’t have a conflict in your story, then you have absolutely no story. No one wants to read a story without learning about an obstacle or situation that may have prevented a character from moving forward. Let’s say, you and your friends were walking to the hottest club in town and someone robs you. That would be considered a conflict that prevented you from celebrating New Year’s Eve. And if your New Year’s Eve experience includes a conflict, then you’re off to a great start.
Every good story has some sort of focus or goal that the character is trying to accomplish. As mentioned previously, if your goal for your New Year’s Eve outing was to attend the hottest club in town, bring in the new year with friends, and then head home, your book has to focus on the character attempting to meet those goals.
Many books have a variety of settings where events take place, but there is always one main location where the bulk of the story or the climatic points occur. Think about your epic New Year’s Eve and the places were the most outrageous or heightened areas of importance occurred; most likely, that particular location would be the main setting for your story.
A Changed Character
The main character, which portrays certain characteristics in the beginning, must be different by the end of the story. For example, let’s say the character (which may be you) wasn’t in the best mood to go to the club from the start. Something ― conflict, people, or events ― will have to impact the character’s perspective, thoughts, moods, appearance, etc. So, by the end of the story, the character should shock its readers with an unexpected outcome or theory, different from the beginning of the story.
Strong Plot: Beginning, Middle & End
If your New Year’s Eve was super epic, there must have been a number of events that made that night awesome. Those events would make up the plot, and should include a beginning, middle, and end. And within the plot, your story should have a climatic point, which is the highest, most exciting part of the story (usually near the middle to end).
So, before you get started, relive your crazy New Year’s Eve celebration and determine if it has these five elements. If it does, you may be on the right track to publishing your first book.