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pls what are the things u wil see in a story that will make u know that the author is a good story writer.
i have some unpublished stories but i want it to be the best. am 20 yrs and a Nigeria.
thanks as am so anxious to readur reply.

Hello Amaka:

The qualities of a good story are:

1. There are few, if any, spelling/grammar/usage mistakes, like "readur," "pls," "yrs." You may as well start writing clearly NOW.

2. The text is easy to read, with no awkward or run-on or incomplete sentences, etc. to trip the reader up.

3. It makes sense.

4. It's engaging and interesting, with memorable characters and situations.

5. It sheds light on what is called "the human condition," meaning what it's like being human in this world. It gives you something to think about.

6. You remember it, and think about it from time to time.

I hope this helps. If it does, a nice rating would be greatly appreciated. I am proud of my high score over 800 questions.

And good luck with your writing!  

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I wrote my first book in 1957 and have been writing and studying writing since. I have a BA in Written Communications, and have taught writing both privately and through adult education for 15 years. Have also edited (fiction books) for an online publisher and edited/wrote more than 100 articles for a teen sex education site. Currently writing web content and mentoring beginning writers.

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