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The Blueprint of Story

No matter the genre or time period, all good literature tells something about how to be human. I don’t mean the classic elements for writing like plot, character development, conflict, setting, and resolution to the dilemma. I mean the motives for human interaction: love, honor, quest, change, relationships, violence, fidelity, revenge, sensuality, history, courage, cowardice, defense – these are the scaffolds of writing because they are the markers for living. They are what make people tick, what stimulates their actions. A story should expose the extraordinary range of human behavior, morality, intelligence, corruption, and spirituality.

To me this is key:  how one feels about one’s place in the universe and how one functions in response must be the essential blueprint of the story.

 

Just a Thought 8

 

 

Painting The Storm by Pierre Auguste Cot, 1880, courtesy Wikipedia

 

 

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  1. Beautifully said and so true. ” mean the motives for human interaction: love, honor, quest, change, relationships, violence, fidelity, revenge, sensuality, history, courage, cowardice, defense –”. What else can there be.

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  2. I do see your point. Maybe that’s why I struggle with writing–because I don’t really care about my place in the Universe. It is what it is. I am what I am. Sigh.

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  3. Always humbled when visiting your thoughts, Shari.

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  4. I think you have hit the nail on the head Sharon. Although I would argue that all writing is literature, not all writing stands the test of time and it is these works that many now classify as literary works. All those essentials you have mentioned I believe will be found in works of this type.

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  5. What you described is not just the blueprint, it’s the heart.

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