The Aim of a Story

ALL writers must create what John Gardner termed the ‘uninterrupted fictional dream‘.

What does this mean?

When you pen a story you must aim to ensnare the reader in a waking dream so evocative that the reader cannot even break their gaze for a single second. The toast will burn, the kettle will boil and all the water evaporate, the final minute goal by Manchester United will be missed, the tile will fall from the roof and smash the window and they won’t hear it…and all because what you wrought with words was so mesmeric that the reader couldn’t look away.

Once you have this as your aim then you can ask the right question:

how do I do it?

Good question 🙂


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