So when a writer sits down to pen a tale, do they intentionally try to teach a lesson? That’s a great question and I’ve noticed that some people seem to think this. I think this reflects the power of a good story.
As an author, I can honestly say that I’ve never written a story to ‘teach a lesson’ rather, it is the character’s story and their struggle that creates the character arc that drives the narrative. In Breaking Enchantments, Erin had to come to terms with her identity as being Korean -Canadian and be at peace with her Korean side. For Tully in Hidden, as she learned the truth about the past, she had a choice to choose differently and not follow social norms. And Zoe in Twilight’s Curse had to forgive so that her magic would no longer be fractured.
When I sit down and feel inspired, I question the inspiration. And with those answers, the main character’s story begins to form. A writer get immersed in their character and this journey needs to be developed so the reader is satisfied and doesn’t feel cheated in the journey. And when a reader also feels that they are on the journey with the main character to the point that they learn the lesson. As an author, that is a breath taking moment. For a reader to connect that strongly with the character is powerful and amazing.
What’s a story or who’s a character you’ve connected deeply with?
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