Writerly Things 6/1/2020: The Ending Point
Do you have an end point to your story? In other words, a theme? Friendship costs. Love wins. Death waits for all men. However, you toss the coin, the message is there. It might be subtle. It might be loud and clear. Hopefully, we learn something.
Is there an issue you feel strongly about? Something you’d like to impart to your reader. Obsession can lead to murder. All kingdoms come to an end. Dragons make fiery pets. Big sharks’ hunger for more and more prey. One ring to lead them all. All of these are end points. What your story is about. Stories can literally be about anything. Challenge yourself to make the best theme you can.
The Chronicles of Narnia are meant to explore Christianity. Or good versus evil always win. It’s the story of children overcoming hard obstacles, standing together, bringing the bad witch down. In His Dark Materials, Lyra learns that both her parents have reasons to bring the world down around her and yet, their greatest sacrifice in the end, is to save her. These are good points. Important points. Why? Because they open the heart of humanity.
The LOTR showed as a great many things. Friendship is strong enough to go to the ends of Middle Earth. Together, we can face evil no matter how smelly or what size they may be. Love mends all wounds, survives all offenses. The Harry Potter series taught us to believe in a boy and magic. In friendship. In our teachers. Our heroes. Family. And that no matter how hard and the odds, evil will be destroyed.
Over and over, the themes spin around. They always be regrouped. Always be melded to make a new story to expand on things. A theme can be made anew depending on the story. Because not every story is the same. They can’t be the same. We’re all different authors. Therefore, the story will be unique to us. Unless we’re defying copyright (not a good thing to do).
Repetition May Teach Us Right from Wrong.
Maybe we repeat messages to show our morals. Our values may not change over the generations really. I mean, most of us don’t believe in certain things. Crime. Lawlessness. Corrupt governments. So, the stories we seek out might have something to do with battles to overthrow kingdoms such as Game of Thrones, The Last Kingdom, and even past war movies. We want to believe we have freedom. And a choice.
Hallmark movies usually contain a family connection or faith in something or someone. Endless of their kind, either historical or current in story line show love between couples and families surviving tragedy or knitting together. Romance novels may do the same. A former husband and wife reuniting when their child is threatened. Families returning to the homestead where grief overcomes them, and fences are mended. Even time travel novels can show the span of your character’s lives from generation to generation.
What Will it be Then?
What theme will you deal with? Where will your story lead or end? A story without a point is nothing but rambling. A character must have a goal, something he/she wants. Whether they get it is the question. And what it takes to grasp it. Will they mourn or soar to the stars?
Does life begin or end for your character? If their goal is lost, does another now take over? All good questions. Only you have the answers. Dig into your story well. Let your characters talk. It could lead to a beautiful story. Or two.
It’s close to summertime. How about some homemade ice cream? Here’s a maker.