The Storyteller’s Craft

It’s the writer’s task to discover the pivotal point in a character’s life at which the conflict begins, whether a crime that needs to be solved, a journey that has to be undertaken, or a love that cannot be denied. It’s also the writer’s craft to discover the exact moment at which that conflict has been resolved. If readers drifting into those pages do not find themselves ensnared, experiencing the emotions of the characters who have risen to life – to love, live, laugh, die, or cry with them – then the writer has failed. That, then, is the nugget of storyteller’s art. It’s the writer’s craft to know where to start and when to end, and which narrative viewpoint and tense to use; but the characters must play out their story like actors, the writer absent from the narrative, directing from the wings.

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