Writing Tip # 4 Text, Subtext, pretext, context, supertext

Text Appeal

Text: “No, your honor, the sign said, ‘Fine for Parking,’ so I did.”
Subtext: Ignorance of the spirit of the law.
Pretext: This idiot got a parking ticket.
Context: This is happening in a courtroom.
Supertext: A law professor is giving an example of how words are at the heart of law.

As simple as the above is, it’s the basics and they never change.  Every line you write has these attributes.  They shouldn’t happen by accident.  If you know these for every sentence you are writing. The next beat, or scene becomes evident as you see these 5 tendrils emanating from the last. Also this helps you shape the dialog within these parameters.  If not, actions, dialogs or plot points may seem random or out of sync, kilter or motif for what you are writing.

Understanding this multi-dimensional impact of the text you write, will help your story-flow and character-polarity.

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