Writing Matriarchal Stories

The Patriarchal is a very formulaic form of writing: hero, villain, supporting cast, and victim. Sometimes we can have an antihero or have a character serve as victim and hero, but the roles are defined. The story is a linear scroll. The author sets the narrative and chooses which characters are worthy of our attention. But the Matriarchal is not so tightly or singularily written.

The Patriarchal dampens supporting players. The Matriarchal elevates them and are as strongly written and defined as the protagonist. The reason is more than just to reflect reality: it brings interest as that readers can choose to go off on numerous tangents. These tangents are interconnected and related to the core story, but they are points where readers can begin a new series as they now been introduced to the protagonist of another series or novel without losing focus of the core story.

The style is a rich and textured one. While the Patriarchal strives for simplicity; the Matriarchal thrives in complexity. It is the way journalists gather their stories: they are exposed to countless facts that seem chaotic and cacophonous, yet patterns emerge as numerous paths are revealed. While the Patriarchal picks a single path, the Matriarchal reflects reality by showing more raw and unprocessed paths for readers to discover.

The Patriarchal allows for a single reading, but the Matriarchal allows for multiple readings of the same story. Facts that are crucial for one series may be unimportant for others, and new interpretations emerge with every reading, especially as the combination of stories and the order they are read influence that interpretation.

The Matriarchal allows readers to choose their focus and unlike the Patriarchal, does not dictate how that focus is to be used.

Timing and spacing are broken in the Matriarchal style. In life, events do not happen in a vacuum and are not always so perfectly timed or spaced. The traditional techniques of the Patriarchal are defied in the Matriarchal. The rhythm is primal, and suspense comes from the unpredictability. It is the way journalists gather information in the world of reality and truth. Patriarchal is about scriptures, but Matriarchal is about adlibtures.

Finally, diversity thrives in the Matriarchal. Opposing sides need not be of the good guy-bad guy dynamic, though it can be. We understand tolerance as we must take multiple characters into our equations. It is not about picking sides, but seeing their integration.

Writing the Matriarchal is different from writing the Patriarchal. Old rules do not apply, but the rewards are greater as an author constructs world's that weave together to form an epic story told one piece of the puzzle at a time.