Have you ever thought about the individual pieces that make up a story? Before I became an author, a story was just a story. Now that I’ve been writing for a while, I’ve learned that a story is made up of several elements. I’ll name a few of them for you:
~Descriptions (of people and places)
~A character’s inner thoughts
I recently polled my reader group to ask them which one of the story elements listed above was more important to them. The majority of people voted for dialogue. A character’s internal thoughts came in second, descriptions third, and conflict last. I was pretty happy when I saw these results. Why? Because I LOVE writing dialogue. As a reader, I often skip over descriptions to get to the “good parts” (aka. the conversations between characters). One of my group members shared that she enjoys seeing the characters connect, and often times, this is done through dialogue. Another member, however, mentioned that sometimes there can be too much dialogue, specifically, when she loses track of who is speaking. I appreciated hearing both perspectives and will definitely take them to heart when I write.
I’d love to hear from you now. Which element do you find yourself gravitating toward the most in a story? The dialogue, the conflict, descriptions, or a character’s thoughts? Please let me know in the comments below!
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