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