Tuesday, April 24, 2012

U = Universal Stories


Universal Stories tell us of our commonality, our humanness. The great writers just tell the universal stories in wonderful ways.

  • Chaos and order
  • Desire to escape
  • Faith versus doubt
  • Individual versus society
  • Man against nature
  • Quest for discovery
  • Will to survive

Best Sellers use the elements of universal messages in the story lines. The themes resonate with readers. Readers understand when the basics are brought together into the genre successfully.

  • Romance
  • Mystery
  • Historical Fiction
  • Crime
  • Drama

Writers are challenged to apply the universal story within their chosen genre. Which stories can you identify that use a universal stories within your favorite genre?



2 comments:

Diane Weidenbenner said...

I love that you wrote about universal stories. It is so true. We all have those experiences that resonate within us and that create bonds between even the unlikeliest characters. Thanks for your blog - I've enjoyed reading it. If you have chance, take a peek at mine: www.dianeweidenbenner.com

Tony Laplume, Scouring Monk said...

My personal goal and interest in storytelling is discovering the universal. I like stories that don't have that particular goal, too, but they aren't my first priority.