Three years and 150 blog posts later, I find myself no less excited about exploring:
How Fiction Works and
Why We Read and
Why We Write.
As you know, I find answers to these questions buried in what I call the “mystical heart” of a story.
By mystical I mean “not immediately available to our senses”. It’s a story’s job to hone the protagonist’s senses so that she sees what her belief system has so far prevented her from seeing.
Is all this too deep?
Well, from the looks of my subscription list, this blog isn’t for everyone. Which makes you—whoever you are—all the more precious to me.
So, on this, my 3rd blog-birthday, I ask: Who Are You?
Here’s my guess:
- You’re not here to learn the “how-to” of writing fiction, so much as to understand “how fiction really works”.
- You’re attracted to a plot’s dark alleys and dead ends. You appreciate failure, disillusionment and despair for its potential to wake a hero up.
- You’ve read Story Structure to Die for and you think I may be on to something. Your protagonist must (somehow) “die”. That’s the dramatic bottom line.
- You see parallels between your own life journey and the ruthless facts of fiction.
- Stories are inside your life—they’re not restricted to the outside.
- You yearn to write stories that contain a “secret centre”.
- Writing gives your life meaning.
How accurate is that? Or not? Le me know.
What would you add to this list? Who are you as a reader or writer? What questions do you have about “story” or “drama” or “how fiction works”?
The Comments section is open. I’ll take the data and run with it into the future of this blog.
And, finally…thank you for showing up here. Without your radical interest in books, movies, and what makes stories work—this blog would not exist.