Caution In Didacticism

Do I sometimes err into a style of writing that is didactic? Surely. I know that I do it in poetry. Sometimes my fiction is a thinly veiled morality lesson.

Can it be a problem? I suppose you might say that, but in longer works the story takes over and what is manifest shifts into being latent and the dream becomes much more fluid.

I don’t want to batter people around the head with something. The story needs to be serviced as the message is delivered or I have failed. If a person feels I have force-fed them and isn’t entertained.

You can feel the friction coming in when a story keeps telling you to take notice of the lesson. You start to wonder where the story went.

People have to be able to laugh at themselves and not be so serious, and stories have to remember that they are stories.

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