Story’s Primary Goal

Dear Power Writer, 

The primary goal of story is to entertain. That may surprise you because many Christian writers make the mistake of thinking that the primary purpose of story is to teach (or preach! :). On the contrary! No one likes to be “preached at”. But everyone likes to be entertained. 

When you write your story, focus on the entertainment factor above all. If your story has a message – which it surely will have – that message will grow out of the story in an organic way. You do not need to make your message explicit. If it’s there, the reader will get it on her own. If it is there, your story will be transformational.

 

Blessings, 

MaryAnn

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5 thoughts on “Story’s Primary Goal

  1. This is also true for non-fiction writing. It is so important to write from our hearts and leave God to deliver the message, bless and transform lives as He wishes. That is how I approach my writing.

    March 29, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    • I’m so glad for your comments about non-fiction writing, Cheryl. Yes, you are right. We must write from the heart in non-fiction as well.

      Thank you so much for your post! 🙂

      Blessings,

      MaryAnn

      April 1, 2009 at 7:33 AM

    • Good question, Warren. 🙂 To entertain means to focus on telling a good story, one that will keep your reader turning pages. To do this, you need a good external story (plot) and a good internal story (character journey). Stories that entertain have you cheering for the main character.

      I hope this helps.

      Blessings,

      MaryAnn

      April 1, 2009 at 7:35 AM