Writing Class Lesson 1.1
So the prof—Él Professorino, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing— kicks off the old online writing class with four dramatic elements necessary to storytelling: Passion. Theme. Character. Premise.
- Passion: a strong belief. From the context of the course material, I understand this to be my belief, not my character’s. Hmm…
- Theme: the message to share with readers. Again, presumably my message, not my character’s.
- Character: the protagonist, whose personality serves as a vehicle to carry the theme.
- Premise: which begins with the phrase, “What if?”
All of a sudden, I feel I have no stories to tell. Because the stories I dream about telling aren’t about what I get passionate about. Like, I’m passionate about my kids, but I don’t think they’d make particularly arresting protagonists. I’m super passionate about telling the truth, but who wants to read a story about a prissy pants truth seeker?
How does this strike you guys? Does Él P. think writers want to write a good story, or just propagandize?
I feel like my homework is to shoehorn a passion and a theme into the story ideas I have. When what I really wanted to do was write.