Is there a moral or a lesson to be found in every piece of writing? I think there is, for the most part. Whether or not the author deliberately included a lesson, it’s possible for the reader to get something out of it.
For instance, a few weeks ago I read a short story and complimented the author on their great moral. They replied that they hadn’t been thinking of a moral and wanted to know what moral I thought the story contained.
It’s much easier to write a story for no particular reason, purely for the sake of writing and imagination than to plan out a lesson to be learned through it. After all, someone could still find a moral in it whether you put one in or not. But what is writing if it doesn’t have a specific purpose, a little gem of truth or advice for the reader to discover and hide away?
Writing should have purpose. Just like a novel needs a story goal, a writer needs an aim of what they want to tell their audience. Readers read to get a story. They thirst for a journey that can take them away from their chair and into the vast world of imagination. It’s a writer’s job to give their readers that journey. But it’s also a writer’s job to teach their reader something.
Teach them of how deep love goes, how forgiveness sets you free, how hate tears you apart. There are endless lessons to be taught through books. Whether they know it or not, a reader will take it in. Whether they carry it out or not is their own choice. An author should give their audience that choice.