Writing Can Be Murder

March 17, 2008

Do you have a “core” story?

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 11:53 pm

I’ve read a number of articles that say that writers tell, and retell, and retell again, one core story. Their characters and locations and plots may all change, but they tell the same story (and are often unaware they’re doing so).

 I know that I’m guilty of it, so much so that part of it has become a running joke with a writing friend. I’ll say in my most sarcastic tone, “Hey, you’ll never guess what’s going to happen to the so-and-so character!” and she’ll say, “Oh, I don’t know, does she ____?”

 Another part of my personal core family is that at least one of my characters always has a “chosen” family.  This is not the biological family they were born into, but the family they’ve constructed through various friendships.

 These are parts of my core story. Do you have one?



  1. Interesting topic. I think I do have a core story which includes the hero having to make up for mistakes of his past, and the heroine being drawn into a world she doesn’t quite understand. I’m sure there are more details I usually include, but it’s early in the morning and my brain is still on autopilot.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — March 18, 2008 @ 5:03 pm | Reply

  2. See? You KNOW your core story. What a concept!

    Comment by love2wryte — March 21, 2008 @ 6:01 am | Reply

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