1. Point of View
Whose story are you telling? POV puts you inside your main character's head, heart and gut ― you see the world through the eyes of your character. Understanding Point of View and using it to its fullest, is often, but not always, the most challenging building block for writers. Luckily, point of view is like riding a bike ― once you have it, it's yours for life.
3. Dramatic Tension
You can't have a story without it! Dramatic tension can come from outside the character or from an internal emotion or dilemma. I like to say "dramatic tension" rather than plot. More people have problems with plot than anything else. When you begin to work with dramatic tension, however, the road to plot feels less daunting!
"In one thirty-minute listening session, Emily hit on what I suspected was wrong with my fiction writing but had never been told. She presented her belief that a writer has to be willing to dive into the "creative unconscious" in order to come up with the material that makes people laugh, cry, and sigh over a piece of fiction.
Emily led me to the edge of the swimming pool, gave me a nudge and said, 'Jump in." I floundered for a while, but she was there with support and teaching. Slowly,
I began to see that I was writing fiction from an entirely new perspective. The process now feels as if I were a sea gull swooping down closer and closer to the prize that awaits me under the water below."
~Angela Tehaan Leone