Things I Look For In A Story

Hello everyone! I'm back on track! I have the rest of March all planned out and I'm ready to post more interesting content! I've seen a lot of bloggers start to write stories on their blogs (including me) so I thought I'd share some of the do's and don'ts that I look for in a story! Remember, these are all my opinions. They are not tips, just things I personally look for.

DO: Straight plotline, doesn't just drift off into nowhere.
I like it when the writer can keep the story interesting instead of just drifting off into a story which can just go on and on! I like a story with action! I learned this from reading my own writing. I didn't know where my story was going and it was just plain boring.
DON'T: Make the character make a "reference" that they're actually writing the story.
Okay this is very hard to explain so I'm just going to go ahead and give an example:
"So reader, you're probably wondering why I'm writing this story."
I'm not saying I don't like first person writing, I just don't like it when the person directly points out they're writing the story and calls out to the "reader".
DO: Make the reader think a little bit.
This is very specific but I find that a lot of authors/writers do this! This is cool, especially in mystery stories. I like having to think a little bit about what's going on, it gets my brain going.
DON'T: Directly give out information about the character.
I don't know why, I just don't like it when people devote a whole chapter to explaining:
"I'm Cara Bulimi, I'm 17, I live in Chicago, this is how I saved my parents lives from a big earthquake. We were under attack....."
Blah blah blah. I don't need that! Whenever I write, I like to give these little hints one by one so it adds up and like my last opinion "Make the reader think a bit", it makes the reader think a bit!
DO: Create some interesting characters
I LOVE those "mysterious" characters and the "sidekick". People can really make characters interesting and I absolutely adore that!
DON'T: Be like everyone else.
Create your own style of writing! (Okay hold on. Someone in my Reading class didn't know Shakespeare was a real person) Try something new! I love seeing new types of writing, it is fun!
I know this seemed like a "tips" post but its not! Just an opinion one! Okay now for this week's linkupNEW RULES: Please link YOUR own post. Please link POSTS not BLOGS! 

I hope you enjoyed today's post everyone! What are some of your writing dos and don'ts?
EDIT: I installed a custom domain!!! Its YAY!!
Mkay bye,


  1. What a fantastic list chika. I especially agree, when the author writes out the obvious things (what the character looks like, or the fact that the character is writing the story) it makes me feel gipped, like the author didn't think I was smart enough to figure it out! Thumbs up.

    Chloe | Curious Ramblings

    1. Thank you so much! I totally agree with you.

  2. Even if these aren't meant to be tips, they work just as well! These are great opinions, and opinions that I know many people share. I also dislike when an author directly calls out the reader. It sort of pulls you out of the world! I'm guilty of giving too much information out; it's so hard not to sometimes lol! One of the (many) major things I have to work on, letting the reader figure more out on their own.

    Congrats on the new domain, by the way! :D

    1. Yes, these could work as tips! I am happy you enjoyed :D

  3. I think that with the 1st "Don't", I slightly disagree, if the author slightly introduces it. In "Dairy Queen" she mentions at the end why she wrote what happened down. (I highly recommend it:)
    I do agree with the rest of the stories!
    Will you check out the story I'm writing? I would love your feedback! (You are a talented writer yourself!)

    1. Hmm, some authors know how to do it right :). I will definitely check out your story, I'm so happy you think I'm a good writer!

  4. I sometimes find myself rambling and writing down things that should probably let itself be revealed rather than being told... the trick to storytelling, as told by my language arts teacher, is showing, not telling. ;)

    xoxo Morning

    1. My language arts teacher says the exact same thing. Thanks for commenting!

  5. Giving straight information are the worst. :P

  6. I've just stumbled across your blog and I am now following you, this was a really nice post!

    Meme xx

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  7. I just discovered your blog and its just so positive and spreads good vibes I love it you are the kind of person who inspires me everyday to write my blogxxxx

    1. Oh thank you so much! Your comment just made my day :D

  8. I really like this post! I definitely do drift into nowhere when I am writing a story as well! And I definitely love feeling suspense when I read a story; I find the "little did he know" line SO annoying because it destroys all the suspense! x

    Noire Beau

    1. YES!!! I hate that line, it is so weird.

  9. This is such a great post! Thank you for all of these tips ♥
    Amy xx

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