Some of the best novels I read were confusing in the beginning. They seemed to be disjointed. They started in different locations perhaps years or generations apart. The characters appeared to have no relationship to each other. If this is a new author or an unfamiliar one you may be tempted to put the book aside. Yet you persist. You wade through the pages wondering where the author is going. What was the writer thinking as he or she wrote this narrative’
It may be on page 50 or 100 you start to see a coalition in the parts of the novel that before appear to have no connection. Now the author weaves together the different threads until they become one.
As the story nears a conclusion it becomes clearer and more evident what was thought to be rambling was the true story in separate parts. All the threads are now one and stronger and perceptible.
The author like an artist paints the picture with assorted colors looking as if they are no part of the whole painting. Yet as with the artist when the book is complete it becomes a representation of what the writer saw in his or her mind in the beginning.
As authors we must keep in mind the true thread of the story. There are plots and subplots. Various threads run throughout the novel. However we hold them in our hands weaving them into the one true thread and with this we tell the story.
About the Post Author:
Darrell Case has been a missionary to the Jails and Prisons of Indiana and Illinois since 1982. He has served as the associate pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church and has written many works. Several of them appearing in national publications. He is the author of Live Life to the Fullest, Out of Darkness, Never Ending Spring and is a regular contributor to the daily devotional “Call to Glory.” He and his wife Connie live in Indiana with one dog, one cat and an entire conglomeration of other animals on Peaceful Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary.
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