Tuesday, December 14, 2010

What's Your Point?

When it comes to writing either non-fiction or fiction, there is one thing you should always ask yourself....what's your point?

No matter what you are writing, you should have some sort of goal in mind - what are you really trying to get across to your reader? For non-fiction, most narrative essays will have some sort of moral to the story, some reason for telling the tale. And for non-fiction works such as term papers and other types of essays, there is always a main point to the paper. When choosing arguments, evidence, and examples for your project, keep your main point in mind...make sure everything you are writing supports that point.

For fiction, what is the main point of your story? What are you leading up to? When writing your scenes, make sure they are leading somewhere...there shouldn't be anything in your story unless there is a reason for it to be there. It needs to move the plot along, there needs to be a reason you are spending time depicting what you are depicting.

Just remember your point :)

9 comments:

Angela Felsted said...

I love this post. It's oh, so true. Even non-deep books have points, even if they are as surfacy as the "happily ever after."

T C Mckee said...

Great Point! No pun intended. I've actually been in revisions for like...ever and I've been trying to think about this as I go along. You wouldn't believe how much I removed, but wow what a difference. Thanks for the reminder.

Katrina L. Lantz said...

Good point! LOL. Seriously, though, this is a good thing to keep in mind. I get caught up in the chronology of a story SO often. I think, Well, he just rode the bus, so logically I have to show him at school next. But it's not true. I should show him where he's next moving the plot along, not sitting in high school psychology pondering sleep cycles.

I think you just helped me add yet another tier to my rounds of edits: The Thesis Tier.

Thanks for the great post, Michelle!

Colene Murphy said...

It's really no good reading anything that doesn't have a point. Great thing to have for sure!

Demitria said...

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The Golden Eagle said...

I try to keep that in mind when I'm writing, although it's all too easy to get off track.

Hanny said...

Thanks for the tip! Sometimes it's so easy to go off on those wonderful rabbit trails of literary daydreams.

Matthew Rush said...

It's working now!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Great advice. Sometimes I'm prone to ramble, but at least I have awesome peeps like you to keep me in line. ;)