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Theme—What’s at the Heart of Your Story

In our exploration of the 12 key pillars of novel construction this year, we’ve first been delving deeply into what I call the four corner pillars—the primary pillars for any novel in any genre that carry the greatest weight of your story.

Earlier in the year I likened structuring a novel to actual building construction and asked you to imagine that you have twelve total pillars that hold up your “roof” and keep your building from collapse. Four of those, though, are the most crucial. Take out a pillar somewhere in the middle of a wall and the building may still stand (for a while . . .). But remove a corner pillar and . . . well, there is immediate devastation. Continue Reading…

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