Finding the essence of the story
All stories have something at their core. It is the fuel that drives the narrative and influences everything from character development to the presentation of setting. It is however easy to lose sight of the core while writing. As a writer, you control everything within your story. How everyone feels and thinks, what the weather is like, who says what, the political climate, what year it is, all actions and all events – to name a few things under the writer’s control. Compared to living your life where one only controls one’s own actions and reactions, this power can be perilous. Faced with so many options and degrees of freedom it is easy to lose one’s way. This is of course not always a negative, writing may lead you to a great place you never knew your story to visit. But how does one know if this puppet-mastery is working in the novel’s favour or eroding what was ideal at the beginning? This workshop will shed some light on how to identify the core of your story, i.e. find your own personal elevator pitch and demonstrate how focusing on the core can help you proceed when you feel you have lost the plot.