Q: What do you think makes for a good story?
A: By inviting readers into strange worlds, a story shows them their own world from new perspectives. However, if the story is too strange, the reader may struggle to enter it. That’s where resonance comes in.
A good story contains deep elements that are broadly relatable, even if the skin of the story is unfamiliar. The reader may recognize their own experiences in the story, despite vast differences in context. This resonance connects the reader’s own heart to humanity at large and the world we inhabit.
In this way, a good story invites the reader into a world that is both unfamiliar and familiar, challenging them to see things from a new perspective while also resonating with their own experiences. This combination of the unknown and the relatable can make for a powerful story.
Theodore Lowry’s story “Escape to Mall B”
in Metaphorosis Friday, 9 June 2023.
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