Literary Lessons from A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol is one of the classics and one that is often referenced for the many morals the story holds. Aside from the moral lessons in this book, there are also literary lessons that writers can take away from this story.

Don’t be afraid of change: In other words, let your editor make your story better by making the necessary changes. If someone like Scrooge can change, you should be willing to let your book change as well.

Maintain good relationships: It is often said that part of the key to success is who you know. With that in mind, build your network and be good to those around you. You don’t want to be like Scrooge who was unkind to his employee, his nephew, and everyone else close to him in the beginning of the story before he realizes that is not the right way to live his life.

Money isn’t everything: Of course every writer hopes their book becomes the next bestseller. However, it is more important that you have a book that you are proud of even if it doesn’t make as much money as you would like. Scrooge’s main motivation is money and because of that, that is all he has.

Think about the future: You shouldn’t have to wait for The Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come to think about your future as a writer. Always be planning ahead by thinking about what you will do to promote yourself and your book. Make decisions that will take you to where you want to go in your writing career.

What literary lessons have you learned from A Christmas Carol?

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