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The purposes of writing a story

November 8, 2012

Excerpted from Mr. Ben’s ‘Wake Up, Dream boy’ novel piece, “Stories are accounts of situations and events, involving the entirety of mankind, plants and animals, living and non-existing entities, in real and fabricated or make-believe forms, which are meant to be communicated in the form of writing, oral statements, verbal expressions, signs and symbols and other known and unknown methodologies, to targeted and general audiences with the intention to entertain, create debates and discussions, mesmerize, cause tears of joy and excruciation and enlightenment.”, the purposes of writing a good story can be expressed.

First and foremost, a well-written story is to entertain the reader. A story is that literary substance which should keep the reader spell-bound, from its beginning to the end. Interesting short stories, novel books and children-based storybooks are examples of stories that can keep the reader glued to his seat, perusing all of their contents. Seldom, well-written-out stories are used in movie adaptations and tele-plays. Lord of the Rings, The Roots and Harry Porter are typical examples of well-written stories that could be used in movie adaptation. In fact, a written story is to give readers or targeted audiences pleasure and in a way, enable them imagine clearly (as in motion pictures) the things being read.

Second, a written story contains a message or information that creates a controversy. Not necessarily tailored towards public image destruction, a well-written story should contain interests which ought to create debatable discussions on issues of interests. In a constructive manner, written stories give room for participation of concerned individuals to make known their stance on the matter in order to reach a theoretical concession. Take for instance: a written story of religious conflicts between an Afghan and a Jewish American in Pakistan. We should anticipate a great number of reactions from the Christian and Islamic strong holds. Controversies, debates and discussions on this interest become the order of the day because of the story. However, such a story should make available rooms for constructive criticisms and peaceful embrace of emerged controversies to reach a theoretical concession, at least.

Third, the mesmerizing undertones, tear-causing effects of tears of joy and excruciation underscore one of the purposes of a well-written story. The ability to ‘hypnotize’ an individual reader is the power behind a well-written story. Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’ is a book that can subconsciously control the mind of the reader. A written story should contain something that will cause the reader to shed tears, either in pain or joy. Of course, we all know that there are certain books we read that make us shed tears of joy and or pain.

Lastly, a written story is to enlighten people. Events from around the world written educate equip readers with information that would ordinarily be quite impossible to get. For instance, the items of news stories on happening around the world enlighten viewers (analogous readers) on what is going on. Articles, newspaper magazine and other media outfits convey written stories to help readers gain certain knowledge about things they are familiar with and introduce them to certain facts they do not know about.

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