Good Stories Aren’t About What They’re About

by Bill Henderson

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1 amy November 10, 2012 at 2:37 am

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2 Teano January 15, 2013 at 7:30 am

You mean, they need to have an underlying meaning? I try to go for that, but also leave enough space for interpretation. It’s a little bit comparable to my views on music. If someone sees something completely different in it, that’s fine with me. There was a series of novels I read that just kept slamming your head into the same views over and over again, which eventually got me to dislike them…

3 Van Mayhall Jr January 30, 2013 at 11:41 am

Very simply said, and very true. While there are things I want people to take away from my own novel, such as family and faith, there should be a lot left open for interpretation.

4 Software for Novel Writers April 15, 2013 at 5:30 am

Possibly the briefest post I’ve ever seen. Punchy and to the point – I like it! And I agree with Van Mayhall Jr too – a novel will be about different things to different people.

5 David Sandrock June 9, 2013 at 7:49 am

Very vague for a blog post…

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