You have read stories in books, and you have encountered stories in many other media: in television shows, movies, comics, and the stories that people tell in conversation. You have probably been more interested in some of those stories than in others. Think about the way you react when you read or view or hear the beginning of a story. Something gets you interested – or not. Then, something has to keep you interested. Even if the subject matter is something that greatly appeals to you, a story may only grab you if it is compellingly written or told.
Recall specific stories that you have liked. Remember their plots, conflicts, characters, settings, and themes. Think about the writers’ use of language. Which stories are good ones, in your opinion? Which elements are strongest in those stories? What is memorable about the elements of each story?