Shot Through The Heart: Your Story’s Throughline

More wisdom from Mr Wendig on the elements of story:

The throughline is an invisible thread that binds your story together. It comprises those elements that are critical to the very heart of your tale — these elements needn’t be the same for every story you tell but should remain the same throughout a given story. You don’t switch horses in midstream, after all. Because that’s just silly. You have a horse. You’re in the middle of a stream. That horse over there, you can’t trust him. He might be a total dick. Plus, if you leave your current horse, you’ll hurt his horsey feelings. Do you want that on your conscience? Can you handle seeing your ex-horse try to drown himself in the very stream you just crossed on another mount? You bastard.

Shot Through The Heart: Your Story’s Throughline.

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3 thoughts on “Shot Through The Heart: Your Story’s Throughline

  1. OMG! Did someone just use “comprise” correctly? You did, you did! This makes my fuzzy little heart *so* happy!

    “Comprise may qualify as the most consistently misused and abused single word in English.” —Wolf’s Style Guide

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