free the pen, a blog for writers

October 3, 2012

Stories

Filed under: Uncategorized — freethepen @ 8:17 pm

Who doesn’t enjoy the compelling nature of a good story where words fly you across their sentences and onto the next page? And if you’ve ever read a book that keeps reading despite all that is happening around you, you know how it feels to be so engrossed in a story that everything else fades away and you become one with what is taking place on the page.

How do stories get such a hold over you? Conflict. Yes, conflict. As much as we try to avoid it in our day to day lives reading conflict keeps are attention. Could it be that we are just addicted to problems? Well, maybe. And what comes after conflict? Resolution. We ache for the synthesis of the conflict. We ache for solutions.

When you write your next story, present a conflict that holds a question the reader wants you to answer. For instance:

1. will the couple get back together,

2. will her business succeed,

3. can the mother possibly forgive her daughter,

4. will society be better off if he is convicted, or

5. will this book render me a relieved and happy ending?

Until next time,

keep the pen moving,

Jan

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