For my entries in the 2012 A to Z Challenge, I will be focusing on writing elements that I find important and that I want to incorporate into my work.
Today, the topic is TRIAD.
The power of three.
In musical terms, it takes three notes to create a full chord – a root, a third, and a fifth. This base chord is then the starting point for all harmonic structure with alteration (minor, diminished, augmented) and extension (seventh, ninth, sixth, etc).
In writing, I also think there is a certain unity and cohesiveness in a triad. At some writing resources, this is even foramlly presented as 'The Rule of Three.' Three elements joined together can provide a tightly woven writing construction, both at the macro level (story structure, plot, characterization), and at the micro level (sentence construction).
A story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. A plot has a build, a peak, and a resolution. A character has a past, a present, and a future.
The rule of three can even add a certain strength to sentences and descriptions. I think it can help develop rhythm, provide flow, and make things easier to read.
I tend to do it a lot – grouping things into three, often automatically, subconsciously, and as a normal part of the flow of my writing. It just seems to be a natural thing for me to do.
One thing, though – I DO adhere to the Oxford comma in my lists of three. We can debate about the 'proper' way to do it, but for me, that comma before the final item in a list is natural, expected, and correct.
That's just how I roll.
So are you like me and lean on the rule of three?
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