Thursday’s 13: How Does Your Story Mean?

Easy as A, B, C . . . from BB

 Last spring at the Life, the Universe and Everything (LTUE) conference, a panel composed of Kathleen Dalton-Woodbury, David Farland, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Peter Orullian, Scott R. Parkin, and J. Scott Savage contemplated the question “How does your story mean?”  In other words, what is the author’s message or deep meaning.  For contemplation of this idea, they needed to set up a framework:                                                           

1.  Writing isn’t linear process: this, then this, finally that

2.  It’s actually more like a mosaic—look at all pieces to see the whole picture

3.  Think of Orson Scott Card’s MICE, but don’t become a slave to it

4.  M for Milieu (setting)—Dune books emphasis

5.  I for Idea—Magic system/technology: some of today’s Steam Punk

6.  C for Character—Forrest Gump

7.  E for Event (war/disaster)—It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

8.  Every book needs a beginning . . .

9.  . . . . a middle . . .

10. . . . an end.

11.  You don’t have to write it that way, in that order.

12.  The part/parts of MICE you emphasize will reveal what you value.

13.  If something isn’t working, try changing one part of MICE.

Their answer is most embodied in item #12 above.

See you day-after-tomorrow for “Saturday’s Softcover”!


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