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When most people consider how to tell a story they think in terms of plot and character While these are often the most visible aspects of a story there is an underlying foundation of principles that support a well-told story These principles could be compared to a house foundation Without a solid foundation the other effects of the house its character and design cannot be fully enjoyed In the same fashion the principles of storytelling are also mostly out of sight but the effect of badly laid story foundation has effects just as damaging as a badly constructed house foundation The purpose of this essay is to lay out the principles that well-constructed literature will contain in a manner that they can be considered individually The principles can also be understood as a unified piece of rationalism that offers an overview of what well constructed literature consists of and how it is written Understanding these principles should be able to help a reader to distinguish between well-constructed literature and what tries to pass as literature Literature is a world where every character every action every element has meaning and purpose This is what makes literature fundamentally different from life Life offers facts that dont necessarily have a clear purpose meaning or outcome events that generate emotional states that have no clear purpose or fulfillment or events that captivate the senses but not in a meaningful dramatic or fulfilling way Real life then can be chaotic or appear to lack a desirable purpose and meaning For example we dont marry the love of our life or we do and then things can go terribly wrong Or the one we love is taken from us by a freak accident Or we work hard but dont get the rewards we desire Even worse the rewards may go to someone who appears to be completely undeserving of the reward and honour weve worked to attain So real
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