As the retelling writing activity visually represents, the story should have a plot and character, beginning, middle, and an end. The beginning is the first part of the story. The writer captures the reader's attention, either with a great opening line, a detailed description of the character or setting, or a glimpse into the topic, problem, or theme of the story. The beginning will also set the mood for the reader. A good beginning makes you want to read more. Retelling writing activity illustrates that a plot should have a very clear beginning, middle, and end—with all the necessary descriptions and suspense, called exposition—so that the reader can make sense of the action and follow along from start to finish. Every story has a conflict to solve.