Synergy: Writing a Fiction Novel

For decades I thought of synergy -- when I thought of it connected to writing fiction novels -- as a contrived expedient. Flash that is trimming. Pomp and Circumstance only cheaper. Costume jewelry. 

There are masters of the literature class -- and yet even more masters out in the arms of the genres. Still, these rare artisans fail to call attention to the lack of art in popular novels. This is not to say that there is a massive shift in our culture centered on the methods of our communication.  No, it has been like this for a while.  This is why there are 'literary' novels, and popular genre novels. Synergy.


Well, not just Synergy. No... There are many tools and devices missing from the average pages of the latest Detective novel or Romance bra buster. The idea is that the Readers of these Popular books have clear and present expectations on the story. Alliteration, simile, are nice, but can be distracting to the uninitiated Reader, if done without a level of skill and desire. Why develop symbols and meanings and cadence which as conveyed as clear language is raw and mentally processed without the need to actually understand Irony. And these days, who really understands what others don't know? 

Synergy in writing fiction is the combination of different elements to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. This can be achieved through the use of multiple characters, plot lines, or settings, or through the use of different literary devices and techniques.

When used effectively, synergy can create a story that is more complex, interesting, and engaging than a story that simply tells a linear narrative. For example, a writer might use multiple characters to explore different perspectives on a single event, or they might use multiple plot lines to create suspense and tension.

Synergy can also be used to create a more immersive and believable world for the reader. For example, a writer might use detailed descriptions of setting to create a sense of place, or they might use dialogue that sounds natural and believable.

Ultimately, the goal of synergy in writing fiction is to create a story that is more than just the sum of its parts. It is to create a story that is truly memorable and impactful.
Here are some tips for creating synergy in your writing:
  • Use multiple characters to explore different perspectives on a single event.
  • Use multiple plot lines to create suspense and tension.
  • Use detailed descriptions of setting to create a sense of place.
  • Use dialogue that sounds natural and believable.
  • Be open to experimentation and try new things.
With a little practice, you can learn to use synergy to create fiction that is truly unique and unforgettable.





In fiction writing, the concept of synergy can be demonstrated in various ways, often through the interactions and relationships between characters, and the interplay of plot elements, and the overall thematic resonance of the narrative. Here are some specific examples of how synergy can be effectively showcased in a novel:

Synergy reveals to us that it is the Energy of the manuscript -- of the story. It is difficult at first to recognize its currents coursing around the nouns and subjects of the text, powering the verbs and actions. You may not be able to see Synergy, but like bodies who are dead, you recognize right away that something is missing. 

The thing is, the payoff for even a nominal commitment to develop the story further on until the spirit of the tale could be said to exist -- the ROI is outstanding. 

Character Dynamics and Relationships:

Complementary Strengths: Characters with contrasting personalities, skills, or perspectives can form a dynamic team, where their individual strengths complement each other to overcome challenges and achieve their goals.

Unlikely Alliances: Characters from different backgrounds or with opposing viewpoints may form unexpected alliances, forcing them to confront their biases and find common ground, leading to personal growth and a stronger bond.

Shared Experiences: Characters who share similar experiences, traumas, or aspirations can find strength and solace in their connection, supporting each other through difficult times and fostering a sense of shared purpose.

Plot Development and Interwoven Elements:

Divergent Plotlines: Seemingly unrelated subplots can converge in unexpected ways, creating a cohesive narrative that reveals hidden connections and amplifies the overall impact of the story.

Character-Driven Plot Progression: The actions, decisions, and relationships between characters can drive the plot forward, creating a sense of organic development and emphasizing the interplay between personal choices and external events.

Thematic Resonance and Symbolism: Recurring motifs, symbols, and literary devices can reinforce the novel's central themes, creating a sense of unity and depth, with each element echoing and enhancing the others.

Overall Narrative Impact and Reader Engagement:


Emotional Resonance: The combined impact of character dynamics, plot development, and thematic resonance can evoke powerful emotions in the reader, leaving a lasting impression and prompting reflection on the story's deeper meanings.

Thought-Provoking Questions: The synergy between various narrative elements can raise complex questions about human nature, societal issues, and the nature of reality, engaging the reader's intellect and challenging their perspectives.

Unforgettable Story Experience: The seamless integration of various elements creates a cohesive and immersive story experience, captivating the reader's attention from beginning to end and leaving a lasting impact on their imagination.



Nearly every practice or pursuit presents its purpose with common phrases and brief descriptions marked by bullets and lists. This presentation and formatting is for rapid comprehension and understanding about the subject at hand. After this initial introduction to the inner workings of our craft, to develop and shape the actions, we step back from our workbench and begin to approach the objects and stories and their arrangements for the stage. With only seconds pass, eyes scanning the arrays of tools and activity. The details have overwhelmed. 

One of our first realizations is that the Synergy is not brought to the story like a liquid or a solid. You don't tilt a little pot and pour fertilizer into the soil. I gathered bags before he as able to  breach the stone walls of Chino.












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