Great stories are dramatically constructed art forms—a sculpture in words—that produce enlightened change in characters and readers. Stories are not beautiful descriptions of abstractions lived—such as love, hate, revenge, or jealousy. And stories are not created to purge the author of an emotional or intellectual crisis. Stories are also not character sketches or detailed descriptions of events that moved the author. Stories are characters with strong desires, acting to resolve conflict in meaningful ways. Through drama, the reader is in the conflict with the characters—and discovering meaning too.
Literary stories have structure, are created with imagination, and provide meaning and enjoyment for the reader. Learn the process of story telling; improve your writing skills; and write great literary stories that are significant and memorable.
About the Author
William H. Coles is a surgeon, author and educator. He is Emeritus Professor at the State University of New York.