Read the great Georgian and Victorian novelists and you see that they were writing the same book over and over: almost identical plots, characters and themes, just honing the work a little each time. I’m not saying it’s good to churn out meaningless twaddle on the same blueprint. But there is merit in understanding what works and using it repeatedly, refining the way you tell the tale. You find it with modern writers too. Don’t tell me that an analysis of Stephen King finds his books are radically different. They get better and better as he has learned to hone, to become ever more refined. Like a master fencer who can make a strike by the most subtle twist of the wrist. Find a way of telling a story that works for you, get comfortable with it, and allow yourself to develop your storytelling capability through the genre or medium you have chosen.


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