It is important to include a lesson in our novels. What is the character supposed to learn by the conclusion of the book? What can the reader take away from this story that will help her in life?
We end with a strong takeaway.
When we choose to tell a story, unless we’re doing it only for entertainment, we give our readers something to make them ponder—even if they ignore the meaning.
Novelists of earlier times often addressed readers and told them the message they wanted them to grasp. As a child, I enjoyed Aesop’s Fables because each story ended with a lesson for life. Click here to read this helpful article.