Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

The Primacy of Plot

Nashville novelist Ann Patchett defends the notion of “story”

September 25, 2010 Young novelists “who have yet to learn the hard lesson that there really is no reinventing the wheel” may not understand why storytellers need to have an actual story to tell, but Ann Patchett likes a good plot: “As for me, I’m a great fan of a story,” she writes in today’s Wall Street Journal. “A tale well told can sweep up a reader in a way that dazzling characters, piercing language and startling ideas can’t manage on their own. Read the full essay here.