As I’ve mentioned earlier, I feel ambivalent about presenting writing advice in list form because of the the finality it implies, the assurance that this isn’t just advice but absolute truth.
On the other hand, I love the nice, clean setup. So as I was in the middle of planning the story I hope to be my first entry to the Writers of the Future competition and remembered that Dave Farland, the head judge of the competition, have but up a list of things to consider when trying to write a killer story, I thought, hey, more people need to know about this.
It’s a great list both because of its comprehensiveness but also because Mr. Farland does an excellent job of showing that it isn’t an absolute list, nor are all the things he mentions something that needs to be in your story. Rather, they’re things to consider, things that might give you a leg up if they fit into whatever you’re writing.
You can find it here.
I hope you enjoy and find it useful.
PS: If you want even more advice specific to the Writers of the Future contest, you could go for a read here, where former winner Brad Torgersen gives his point of view on what it takes to make it in the competition.