HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR STORY IS A GOOD ONE?
By MK Hunt
I was reading a book recently about writing tricks and tech-niques. It was called “Write, Publish, Repeat. The No Luck Re-quired Guide to Self-Publishing Success” by Sean Platt, Johnny Truant with David Wright.
To be honest I didn’t find much in there that I didn’t already know, but, as often happens when you read these types of books you do find little jewels here and there that make it worth the price of the book.
In this book I found a comment that answered the nagging ques-tion I often have “What story should I write next, and will it be strong enough to spend time on and worth the effort!”
So, how do you decide if the story you are considering writing is good enough to bother with?
The answer that I got from the Truant book was simple, and I think perfect.
The answer was it is safe to go ahead with any story that you feel you can write WELL!
In other words, is this a story you feel you can focus on, do your best work, stay committed to even when things start to drag, stay involved with, feel creative in? If so, then this story is highly likely to become a good story for you.
This approach helps balance the question of whether you are in the right genre, or the right niche of the genre.
In other words if this story is appealing enough to you to spend your creative time on, be patient with, and dedicated enough of you to be sure it’s completed, then it IS a good story for you to write!
This type of thinking is helpful to me because it shifts a fair amount of the burden of the decision to what strongly appeals to me as an artist. The idea forces me to include a creative view-point along with the business marketing decisions.
Writers are more and more forced to make writing decisions solely on their planned future marketing efforts.
That viewpoint is always a good place to start, but if it be-comes the only way to make the decision then it corrupts your tal-ent so much that output quality steadily declines. Here I am speaking exclusively to those who actually want to write their own stories, to develop a career as an author. It wouldn’t be helpful to those who are strictly merchants, people who want to market any story they can snag.
So, now, when I am considering what to write next one of the most important components of that decision is whether or not I can fully commit to all of the necessary functions in writing a story I can take pride in. Is this a story that I really feel like putting some effort into?
The more you respect a story, the more you’ll dedicate time to it, and time is the key to quality. If the story doesn’t warrant that then don’t do it.
And, in a slightly different permutation of the idea that the amount of projected energy to be expended must be a deciding element I remembered this incident.
I was in Santa Fe New Mexico in a shop listening to the owner tell an Indian artist what he had to do in order to sell more of his art. His art was essentially carving images into interesting rocks he had found around the New Mexico desert.
The store owner told the artist he had to spend more energy smoothing the pieces. More importantly to put a high shine on them. In other words, to the average customer, the surface quali-ties of the piece of art exceeded the value of the image.
With authors this advice is often the same. At times the sur-face value of the story exceeds or equals the value of the story alone.
Once you've finished your draft are you willing to put the time into loving it until it smoothly glows? Any story you are willing to invest that much into is very likely going to be a good story that will draw an audience in spite of not being perfectly positioned for the market. If you suspect you won’t come to love the contem-plated story nearly enough during its growth process then leave it and find an easier story to live with!
Virtual Book Tour Dates: 10/15-14 – 11/12/14
Genres: Romance, Suspense
Genres: Romance, Suspense
2 romance suspense stories about what 2 girls went through to get the right guy.
In story 1 a young girl runs out of gas, at midnight, in the worst part of town with no phone!
In story 2, survival not love becomes the goal after a lethal office invasion where she becomes a hostage.
Brad, the level headed young business leader, had to keep his boundaries too. He reminded himself she was here to discuss his father’s death, not as entertainment. He wanted to crush his lips against hers, and then fall back, his body half over her, fingers exploring her.
He used his remaining fragments of willpower to pull his mind and body away from her emotionally. Brad suddenly got to his feet. “Our interview is over, I’ll let you know!”
About the Author:
MK has a Masters in behavioral science, is an instructor and faculty member in a college. She is also a graduate of Otis Parson’s school of fashion design.
She lives with her husband in southern California.
Her favorite hobby is exploring, anything and everywhere. It might be exploring the back streets of south central Los Angeles where the hoods rule, or the back alley’s of Manhattan where you are likely to find a button shop that’s been selling buttons for 100 years and looks like it did when it first opened. It might be Ankor aWat in Cambodia or Palmyra in Syria.
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