10 characteristics of TALES or STORIES

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You know what a tale or story is, right? That is easy. We see stories in movies, television, video games, novels, plays, even in unstructured children's play. The hero defeats the villain; the girl has her child; people rise to great heights and experience tragic falls. Stories or tales are entertainment

Where the humans are is where the stories are. In every part of the world, at every moment in human history, in every known culture, humans have told tales or stories. Below the most outstanding characteristics of the stories and tips to be able to write good stories.

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Outstanding characteristics of the stories or tales



  1. They have a hook: The beginning of the story grabs the reader's attention and inspires him to keep reading. When you tell the story, use a hook, create desire, introduce conflicts and challenges, include a turning point, and resolve your story. Always start your story with a hook. A good story starts with a hook, something that grabs your readers' attention and compels them to read further into the story to find out what happens next. Your hook can be a conflict or problem that the protagonist must solve. Suppose you're writing a science fiction novel, your hook might be an inciting incident, one in which aliens invade earth.
  2. There is a desire that moves the protagonists: The author creates a protagonist to achieve a goal and creates desire in your protagonist. A good story involves a protagonist who must solve a problem or achieve a purpose. Furthermore, the protagonist must be motivated, in some way, to achieve that goal or purpose. When writing science fiction about aliens invading earth, your protagonist may have to fight to survive, protect loved ones from the aliens, or wrestle with their own fears of being exterminated.
  3. There is a conflict: The author creates a conflict of necessity that the protagonist must deal with before he can achieve his goal. Include various types of conflict. A good story must include conflict. The conflict of the story can be man against himself (a psychological conflict), man against man (protagonist against antagonist), man against society, man against the environment (tornado, flood, catastrophic event). or man against the supernatural (ghost, demons, aliens). A good story has several conflicts. For example, in your science fiction novel, you need a conflict which could be when aliens start invading earth, establish a civilization and start exterminating humans or transmitting a deadly virus.
  4. There are unpredictable obstacles and challenges: The protagonist must face obstacles and setbacks throughout the story before he can achieve the goal. The story must include a turning point. Usually, the protagonist faces off against the antagonist in the story. In the end, the author must tie up loose ends and answer unresolved questions. Include challenges and obstacles. A good story includes obstacles and challenges. Before the protagonist can achieve his purpose or goal, he must face challenges and obstacles. For example, when writing a science fiction story about an alien invasion, the challenge the protagonist might face is to overcome superior intelligence, conquer advanced technology, or survive an attack by the aliens.
  5. There is a climax: This is the climax or decisive point of the story, in which the end result becomes inevitable. It is the dramatic highlight. The climax occurs when the protagonist confronts the antagonist. For example, if you're writing a science fiction story, your climax might be when the hero finds a way to defeat the aliens.


  6. There is a resolution to the story:Tie up any loose ends and answer any questions that have been posed earlier in the story. Make sure your ending is believable. Make sure your ending is a logical result of the chance events of the story. Be sure to dramatize your ending to make it memorable. For example, in a science fiction novel about aliens invading earth, you might conclude with the protagonist wiping out the aliens with a nuclear weapon.
  7. stories entertain: It is the main objective of the stories, and it is what should be sought in each one that is written, if the reader leaves the story ends, it must be retained until the end
  8. Has one or more characters: Without characters there is no story, flat characters are two-dimensional, since they are relatively simple and do not change throughout the course of a story. By contrast, the round characters are complex and fleshed out, sometimes enough to surprise the reader.
  9. They have a theme: A theme is a broad idea, moral, or message of a story. The message can be about life, society or human nature. Themes often explore universal and timeless ideas and may be implied rather than explicitly stated. It is the universal affirmation or feeling when you read a piece of writing.
  10. They are developed in a certain time space: They include a certain time, a location, and everything that happens in a story. A setting is the time, place, and social setting in which a story takes place.




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