Lesson 1A Lesson by Tantra Bensko
Why would you write outside of the traditions?
Decide what you want to accomplish that can't be gotten across through traditional realism in a plot arc based on conflict, with rising tension that resolves at the end.
What you want to say may be something paraphrasable, a statement, a glimpse into a certain aspect of life. It could be a message or delving into a concept you want to explore. You don't have to know the final answer, as writing fiction is a great way to explore things you're not sure about, and come to the conclusion through the process.
Or it might be that you want to create a mood, an atmosphere, an emotion.
Maybe you want it to mimic life more realistically than the formula of a story generally does. Maybe you want to shake up your readers and get them thinking in new ways. Just playing with new structures and ways of presenting a story can be fun. If you want to take it very seriously, think about how fun it would be for readers other than yourself. Do you want to entertain, engage their deepest profound sophisticated thinking, to shock, renew?
Just to write to to be cool, and different, rebellious, show off, avoid learning the rules, because it's easier, you can get away with more --- obviously, none of these are good enough reasons to put much time into it. What is it you want to do that requires you to deviate from the normal style of fiction?
You might want to write a paragraph for yourself exploring what you in particular have to offer readers that you can't give them without deviating from tradition. What deviations are required to do so? How do these things relate to you specifically? How might something only you have to say require your unique format of a story or a style of writing?
There are many reasons. For example, if you don't care for drama and conflict and dualism that traditional fiction is based on, or you don't find plot arc and a resolution that ties things up in a bow resonate with your life. Maybe you find people enjoy listening to you make lists but not so much telling anecdotes. Maybe you are always inventing completely out of the box ways of doing everything. . .
Added on March 18, 2013
Last Updated on March 18, 2013
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