“Theme, Characters, Story Elements”

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“Unconditional Love is Universally Paramount.”

Donald L. Vasicek

All entertaining and creative writing springs from the writer’s ability to tell a story. And this story doesn’t have to be fiction. All effective writing springs from putting the story together in a coherent fashion.

A story must have a beginning, a middle and an end, and not necessarily in that order, but those three elements must “be there” in order to make what you are writing effective. The story must have a defining theme. A defining theme is the main theme of the story.

For example, if the story is about an apple, then everything in the story must relate directly, or indirectly to the apple. If the apple begins its life in the tree in the story and its struggle in the story is to become an full grown apple, then elements must be introduced in the story like the weather, the human being, the animal, etc. that are trying to prevent the apple from becoming a full grown apple.

It is the apple’s job in the story to fight and defeat each one of these “opponents”, with one of these “opponents” being the main threat to the apple. The main opponent should reflect what the apple wants, to become a full grown apple, but the main opponent, which is the villain or antagonist in the story, depending upon if the writer is telling a story about a fight between good and evil (villain) or a story that represents a competitive force (antagonist) to the apple’s goal.

This, then, introduces conflict, and without conflict in any story, there is no drama, and if there is no drama, there is no story, just a series of sentences that are saying something about the apple. And this could be where many writers are at in their writing dilemma. You must tell a compelling story that the reader can relate to on an emotional level, or you will lose the reader before they finish reading what you have written.

Get on the right track by “being yourself” in your writings. That is vital to be effective in your writing. So, what you need to do is rethink your approach to your writing style, perhaps rewrite something you have written utilizing the above suggestions.

If this resonates with you, good! If it does not then, I am hopeful that you continue your quest to be an effective writer. You’re never not that far off. You just needs to shift your writing a bit and you’ll be on your way!

Best Regards,
Don Vasicek

The Secret to Effective Writing


A favorite Zen story in which three men are
observing a flag fluttering in the breeze: One
man says, The flag is moving. The second
man says, The wind is moving. The third
man says, You are both wrong, it is your
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Why is Stephen King a successful novelist?
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What rings true in each one of us is our
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“Some 101 Basics to Becoming a Successful Writer”


The Fine Point of Writing

Utilizing writing as a means for income to support yourself and/or your family requires great effort if you are to succeed. One should not think in terms of how “exiting” it might be to be a writer. Although being a writer has its benefits, the fine point of becoming a writer is to realize that writing is hard work.


It requires one to be creative, to focus on detail, to discipline oneself, to be professional at all times, to always be open-minded to how you can take your writing talent and abilities to the next level, to be on a constant schedule of marketing oneself, etc. Writing requires deep thought. There are those times when writing that one has to call upon their innermost being to bring out of themselves that which is necessary to write what they are writing.

What Writing Takes

At times when writing, the writer might spend days perfecting one sentence. Being a writer requires patience, perseverance, mental strength, determination and a willingness to sacrifice their leisure time to become successful as well as maintaining and taking writing success to the next level. You can read more about writing on my website. If you have questions, comments, and/or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Donald L. Vasicek
Olympus Films+, LLC
The Zen of Writing