Finding the Universal Slant

May 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

“If a story is not about the hearer, he will not listen. And here I make a rule–a great and interesting story is about everyone, or it will not last.”  John Steinbeck

So, what makes a story universal? Is it just emotions, feelings, or is there something else that can serve to capture the attention of a larger audience? Do you have a specific technique for finding the universal slant in your story ideas BEFORE you start to write them? Or do you write the story and then go back to discover the universal aspect(s) of it? 

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