Finding the Point of the Story

There a lot of how-to books when it comes to creative writing, and for those who take lessons and value away from them make for the ultimate handy guides.

In one of these books recently, my dad came across something one author made when it comes to developing the story. What the author said was that before putting pen to paper, the writer must have an awareness for just what the point of the story is; the “why” or the “so what?” if you will. My dad relayed this information to me, followed by the question as to whether or not if I, as an author, believe it to be true. I didn’t have to think too hard about it at the time, as I immediately answered with no. While I gave a brief reasoning as to why I think that then, I now want to take this opportunity to elaborate on that.

I believe there are many elements in a story that a writer should be aware of ahead of actually writing it; such as who the characters are, where the story is set, what is the situation that goes down, and how it impacts the protagonist. Knowing the point of it all from the get-go, to me, doesn’t seem to be a logical requirement, especially when you’re trying to figure out other elements about the story; such as how does the situation get resolved and its overall impact in the aftermath. I feel that if you have a story, even if you don’t know the point of it right away, it will come naturally to you down the line, the more you work on it.

I know that that has been the case with me as a writer. When I first started A Moment’s Worth, I didn’t know what the point of it was then. I didn’t know it would go on to explore these philosophical yet plausible thought experiments through interconnected storylines. I just knew that there was something interesting to tell, and rolled with the punches. Same case goes for An Absolute Mind; which began with the sole concept of people having the ability to see the memories of significant objects. Little did I know at the time of conception that it would also explore fighting for social justice, let alone did I expect for it to become particularly relevant by the time of the novel’s release.

This is what I believe in as a writer in my own right. Would others disagree? I would assume so if this author whose how-to book my dad read has said otherwise. Some authors do know right off the back what the point of the story is, and I commend them for that. For me, I see it arrive as the writer goes along with the natural progression of developing the narrative alone. Once the point finally takes shape, everything else falls into place.

But again, different strokes for different folks. Overall, work with what best fits your methodology, and that most certainly doesn’t just apply to finding the point of the story.

An Absolute Mind is now available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & NobleCreateSpace, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, etc. If you read it, please leave a review, for they’re greatly appreciated and help me grow as a writer. Also, be sure to check out its Goodreads page, and feel free to leave any questions you have about the book.

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