Have you ever stumbled upon a story either in a book or television, either fictional or real-life, whereby the story was so emotionally strong, strong enough to draw a smile on your face or bring tears out of your eyes? Sometimes people think that good stories come out of luck, but the truth is contrary to that because good stories have to be prepared and written so well before they are published and made available for readers to buy and read. There are several techniques which can be employed to make a story feel and sound good and relative to the audience. In this article, we are going to see 5 things that can be engineered to make a very good and inspiring story to catch the emotional side of the audience.
1: REAL-LIFE OF THE HERO OF A STORY
Every hero must have a normal life, and some even secret identity in order to keep their lives and lives of those close to them away from harm. This way hero is able to blend ito the crowd without being noticed of his daily normal activities. And also the real-life helps the audience connect to what the hero does because his or her actions are in relation to lives lived by the audience. Here are some examples of the real-life activities your hero of the story can engage themselves in:
- He can be a police officer by day, but he can be a secret investigator as a hero who secretly infiltrates higher levels of power among villains of the story who can range from gang-killers to government officials.
- Or your hero can be a doctor or a soldier who secretly might be a reporter or a secret soldier in a secret army troop.
When you completely understand the life and personality of a hero, then you will be able to understand how they connect with villains and everyone else who interacts with the hero.
2: STORY RELATION TO THE AUDIENCE REAL-LIFE
The most annoying thing to readers is to pay for a story that has no moments relative to real-lives of readers. It is important that most of all if not all of the story events should be in one way or another in resemblance to the real lives of its readers. A good story must be able to show good and bad experiences altogether as well as showing his weaknesses and strengths. By appealing to real-life experiences of your readers, you can draw out emotional empathy from them when their beloved characters going through tough times that can break them. As a writer, you need to have bucket-list of emotions you want to fill in your story because if your readers can’t find a connection to your story then you can hope for the worst that they may never read other stories published under your name. The following are a few among many things that readers expect to find in a good story.
- His emotions must be somewhat similar to daily human emotions. For example; Love, Sadness, Brokenness, Anger, Joy, etc.
- Hero’s life challenges should also real-life experiences. For example; Unemployment, Marriage, Temptations, Education, Bribe.
In such a resemblance, readers can come to common agreement with story events as the hero makes several decisions when reaching towards the story’s end.
3: THE OUTLOOK OF THE VILLAIN OF THE STORY
Villains are always portrayed as a personality deserving to be hated. Why? Well, maybe it is because they bring hard times to about everyone in a story. A villain can sometimes be a person so close to a hero, this is a kind of a villain that hides in plain sight and no one is capable f making early suspicions, even the hero can be made a fool by this villain. Or he or she can be a distant neighbor, A corrupt leader who want to keep his evil deeds secret from the public. This kind of villain can come int conflict with a hero because of their conflicting interests. Sometimes villains do come in different forms such as animals like a man-eating lion, or a mega-sized beast crocodile that attacks fishermen. Or the villain can be domestic like a pack of stray dogs that attacks people in a community. Villains either animals or people or otherworldly creatures, they both tend to have the following characters;
- Personal Desires. While the hero gets busy saving lives, the villain might also be busy trying to achieve his personal goals which can range from things like vengeance to taking over the world or for animal and monster villains that might be having a tasty victim to chew and swallow. Villains’ desires don’t have to be so different from their counterpart the hero. For example; The hero believes he or she can save the community by taking care of elders but the villain might believe getting rid of elders will make it possible boot fast community growth.
- Emotions and Instincts. They make a list of unexplained decisions that can be made by a character but can’t be logically understood. For example, if the villain is an animal, it can be driven by hunger and predatory instincts to hunt which brings the animal to contact with people and tragedy happens, or it can be fear after being hunted for so long and the situation forces the animal or monster to defend itself. For humanoid villains, their emotions can be driven by their daily experiences such as love gone wrong, denial, life-stresses, etc.
- Innovation. Villains don’t have to be stupid and dumb, they can be as smart as the hero or even smarter. The villain can be innovative or a mastermind capable of out-thinking the hero. Smartness is not only a character to be found in humanoid villains capable of conceiving complex thought like people, but also animals in their natural domains can act smart because they know better their environment than people do.
- The villain becomes a Hero. It may be uncommon but not completely strange that the villain of the story can have a change of heart and turn out to be the hero at the end of the story. This can be a suitable character for the villain that seeks redemption from his or her wrongdoings.
There is a saying that reads;
“WHEN YOU BELIEVE HE IS, THEN HE IS NOT”All changes in hero’s life, do change the whole story at large.
4: THE JOURNEY OF THE HERO’S LIFE
- Where is the birthplace of the hero?
- Who are the parents of the hero?
- What schools were attended by the hero?
- Who are the friends of the hero?
- The job that earns him/her daily income?
Answers given to answers above can greatly affect the flow of the story. Just remember that, although you’re the author of the story, your story characters need to have some extent of freedom to make their own decisions that relate with their story personalities. For example; Someone with stupid personality should make stupid decisions or sometimes act wisely to surprise everyone, and the person who is wise should be seen as a nerd but might lack courage in order to add a twist to the story. It is not wise to always force characters to do things which are against their personalities, let them be able to drive their own stories.
5: CAUSES AND EFFECTS TO HIS CLOSE-ONES
No story is built by one character. There have to be many different characters who interact with the hero or the villain. They can be the kind of people who bear the consequences of decisions made by the hero or the villain. Things that happen to these bystanders help readers tell the difference between the hero of the story and the villain.
I hope this article was helpful to you. In case you have any question or ideas, please don’t hesitate to use the comment section below.