So I was relying a short story idea to my boyfriend yesterday, and as I told, I began to think. What was I trying to say? The story I had formed in my mind seemed to be just a narrative. I wasn’t sure if I was saying anything at all.
What makes a story strong? Do we need to have all that underlying subtly? I’m not too sure. I do know, that when I write a story with meaning weaved into the words, or that plays with concepts or ideas, I value it a little more. It becomes a labour of thought. Don’t get me wrong, I love telling stories for the sake of telling stories, but writer’s have a great opportunity to tell more with their words. I think it’s important to words to their best advantage. When there is meaning within the story, or the story holds a range of interpretation, it can also relate to a wider audience.
So my new exercise, before I write, is to have a reason. I will find out what I want to say, and then tailor my words to say it.
In other news, I am almost at the 100 word mark. I have now written 94 pages. I never thought i’d be able to hit that many pages with this idea. I suppose my pride is stemming from the fact that I have actually taken the time to follow through with a novel idea for once.
I hope everyone is doing well with their own stories, or projects, or art, or lives in general.
photo reference: http://www.deviantart.com/art/Meaning-141319828