"Wherever men have lived there is a story to be told." Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Structuring Your Novel: What is Learned?

You must also decide what it is you want your people to learn from their experience. What should be the outcome of one man's greed, another's foolishness, or even another's kindness? However, when you actually write the book, don't preach these findings to or analyze them for your reader. Demonstrate through action and dialogue without direct expression; i.e., show, don't tell.

Like your initial characterization, if you know these things, your story will have more depth, be more focused, and they will emerge into the plot naturally. What is learned will also be reflected in your theme.

From my 1992 RWR article: "The Outline: Your Blueprint for a Structurally Sound Plot."

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