Lost In the Message
Just recently it dawned upon me what this chunk of advice was saying. I was convinced that it was suggesting that a story shouldn't express a point of view or share some sort of moral. However, this is not what it meant. It meant that during the writing process don't try to bog down the plot with lecturing prose or skewing the dynamics of your story just to make it fit for some nice philosophy. Write the story and the rest will follow. I was listening to speaker once who brushed over this subject. She suggested that if you are so intent to get your idea across, write and essay instead. By trying to argue a point through a story you can be weighing it down instead of developing it into something spectacular like the way you see it.
A story needs to speak to the heart of the reader, and the way of doing that is through its characters and a plot. The characters in your story may well experience conflicts and their solution to the conflict may express a wonderful message: don't do drugs, persevere, love overcomes all, politicians have no soul, the key to happiness is within you, ect.. That's great because that message is being shown and not simply told. I believe a powerful message can be artfully implemented into a story. Just don't get so caught up in a message that you forget about the story.
Have you ever heard similar advice? What do you think of it?
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