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Tell me a story...

Posted on 2007.03.16 at 03:30
Doug Clegg, horror author extraordinaire and author of the Vampyricon Trilogy recently asked his readers a question:

"In one word, what do you think is the most important element in any novel?"  The vast majority of his blog readers replied with the answer "characters," some giving explanations.  Here's my reply:

"Story," which for me is different than plot.  I love rich characters, but they have to be involved in something that lifts them out of the mundane, that touches the sublime or taps into something primordial.  I'm definitely in the Jungian camp.  I can't stomach a book with wonderful, fully-fleshed characters that do nothing but go shopping.  And regarding plot, there are many books with break-neck plots that don't have any depth or philosophy.  For me, story is that "sum is greater than the parts," hard to quantify, but you know it when it sweeps you away.*

*As true for the reader as the writer.

Comments:


Jeff Funk {true stories of my life}
jefffunk at 2007-03-16 17:16 (UTC) (Link)
Great answer! Last night, before my head hit the pillow, I thought, Story! That's what I should've said.
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