"Let's say you believe in the highest principles of art, and that you want your story to express some lofty idea--or even ideal. This is all well and good. You don't have to sacrifice high principles to be a good writer. You do, however, have to get off your high horse and walk the ground.
"Remember that a soapbox is not a narrative. A ramble through the woods is.
"You want your reader strolling--preferably running--alongside you. Remember that you are a storyteller. Your craft goes back to the itinerant bards. Your lofty goal, whatever it is you may be trying to express with and beyond plot and character, will only shine through in linking arms with your reader--not in riding on, or above, or worse, roughshod over him. You must not say, 'This is how it is, just listen to me,' and point. You will say, instead: 'This is the direction in which it lies. Let us go and look for it together.' Walk the story out, walk, walk, walk, sweat it. Only then will your aim become true and clear."
Causes Mylene Dressler Supports
The Women's Media Center