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The Moral of the Story: The Right Way to Add Education to Your Storytelling

October 22, 2016

A Writer's Path

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by Stephanie O’Brien

Whether they’re trying to market themselves as educational, to support a viewpoint the writer holds, to enrich their audience, or simply to try to sound deep, many stories attempt to teach their audience a lesson, or to have a “moral of the story”.

Some stories succeed brilliantly.

But all too often, the narrative gets warped around the lesson to the point where it becomes unrelatable or unrealistic, or the lesson is so obvious that it makes people say “I already know that”, which prevents the reader from giving it any further thought.

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