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Is One Part Better Than Another?

Which is the dominant organ in the human body – the brain or ‘the gut’?  Until recently, it’s always been assumed the brain was in charge.  The brain is where intelligence resides, right?  Well, maybe.  But recently, it’s been determined that while the brain is central to the higher capabilities, ‘the gut’ is where the immune and digestive systems reside.  Important?  You betcha!  More important than the brain?  The jury is still out on that one.

Other scientists claim other organs are essential to the operation of the body.  And, it’s true – remove any organ from the body and death, or at least extreme medical procedures, are next.  So, it appears, the body cannot survive without all of the organs, that a brain, however superior to other organs, cannot survive on its own.

In sports – any sport – pick one – there’s always one exalted position without which, the team will fall apart, and the losses would pile up.  Is ANY position in any sports hierarchy so much more important than another that those other team members are not needed?  Imagine a Super Bowl without a Quarterback …

In a  marriage, who is more essential to the success of the relationship – the husband or the wife?  In very basic terms – and without considering modern medicine, both are critical to procreation.  But, both sexes have proven – over and over again (see: divorce rates) one can do quite nicely without the other.

In fiction writing, is the character more important to the success of the book than the plot?  Again, what good is a plot with no characters?  Conversely, what good are great characters if they have nothing to do?

But, even more basic than characters and plots is the importance of ‘story’ vs ‘craft’.

HUH?

This ‘story’ vs ‘craft’ topic isn’t often discussed, probably because it’s assumed – like characters and plots – that most books come with both.  But, that’s not always true.

Let’s look at what each function is to help us all be on the same page.

CRAFT:  This is all the technical stuff surrounding fiction writing.  Lumped into this category you’ll find scene-building, characterizations, POV (point-of-view), dialogue, flow, plot, pacing, and the other aspects of writing people spend years of their lives attending school or taking courses to learn.

STORY:  This is the author’s voice, that ability to create a unique and original book.  If an author truly understands what creates a compelling book, and also has mastered the ‘craft’, he or she has a bright future.  However, this is much harder to understand, and nearly impossible to teach.

That said, it’s helpful to understand that, like the brain versus ‘the gut’, the sports hierarchy, or the relationship models, the two are integral parts of each other.  But, for a moment, let’s consider them separately.

There are books out there that are technically perfect, or nearly so, but just don’t cut it because there’s no life to the writing.  This isn’t all bad as it shows people are taking the time to learn the craft, but they haven’t grasped the author’s voice.

Conversely, there are books out there that show great promise for unique writing but don’t have the mastery of the technical aspects.

How much of these respective deficiencies can be blamed on modern life and or technology?  Whether intending to or not, are new writers today ignoring what’s in their hearts and parroting ‘life’ as seen in TV and movies?

A good writer will write from the heart.  All the ‘craft’ parts must be there – including the infamous ‘show, don’t tell’ factor, great characters, dynamite plot, exciting locales, and interesting dialogue.  Tie it all together with a great ‘story’ and you have a winning combination.

You need to know and understand where your skills are – much can be forgiven in the ‘craft’ department if the story is strong enough.  On the flip side, a bad ‘story’ can never hide poor understanding of the ‘craft’.  This is especially true today when anyone can publish a book.  Keep both ‘craft’ and ‘story’ front and center as you work on your book.  They’re as important as ‘character’ and ‘plot’.

Readers will forgive lots of mistakes in ‘craft’ is your ‘story’ is strong enough.  That said, a perfectly ‘crafted’ book is nothing without a great ‘story’.

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BOOKS by Dayna Leigh Cheser
‘Janelle’s Time’, ‘Moria’s Time’
‘Adelle’s Time’,
Logan’s Time’
Clarissa’s Time’ – 2018

Janelle’s Time’ (2nd Edition) – 2017

 

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