Now you have a grasp of the mechanics of writing. However, writing and storytelling are two very different things. In order to tell a story, you need three basic elements; conflict, climax, and resolution. In layman's terms, you present the problem the characters must contend with, work the problem up to a peak, and then offer a fitting conclusion.

Conflict - A story with not direction is very hard to follow. Therefore it is imperative that relatively early on you establish a conflict. Exactly what the conflict is can vary, and you can create a twist on the conflict later in the story to add spice. It can be a generic good vs. evil fight. It can be man vs. nature, or sometimes even an internal conflict of man vs. self. Whatever the case, the conflict sets the stage for the rest of the plot, and lets the reader know why they should care about the characters in your story.

Climax - You can't just establish a conflict and then let the story stagnate. In order to present a good narrative, you have to develop the problem and the characters who are bound up in it. This gets your reader emotionally involved in the story and keeps them turning the pages to find out what happens next. Ultimately this emotional buildup is working towards the "climax." The climax is the emotional high point of the story, when events are at their most intense.

Resolution - One of the worst things an author can do is to leave the audience hanging at the climax. When an author refuses to resolve a story, for whatever reason, it often destroys that author's fan base. They feel betrayed, as if their loyalty in following the story or series to its end has been rewarded with no closure and a hundred unanswered questions. Don't do this to your readers. Your conflict doesn't have to have a postive solution- tragedies are stories that ended badly after all. Just remember that it does need one.