By: Larry Brooks @storyfix
You’ve read this here before, and it bears repeating because the entire enchilada of effective storytelling is embraced in these few lines:
A great novel is not just ABOUT something… a theme, a time, a setting, a situation, or even a character. That’s a great start, but it’s rarely a great novel if that’s the sole purpose and focus of the narrative.
A great novel is about something HAPPENING. About a hero who DOES something. Who takes ACTION, which can manifest in infinite ways.
At the end of the day, what HAPPENS is the vehicle that transports theme, character, setting and emotional resonance into the consciousness of the reader.
As novelists, we’re not writing diaries or documentaries or journalism. The life story of a fictional character is not likely to get you published. We are writing about need and resolution through action, whether subtle or on-the-nose.
The less episodic (in favor of a core dramatic arc), the better. I think this is the deal maker, and the deal breaker of storytelling truisms. The longer I do this, the more stories I coach, the more I believe this to be true.
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