Monday, December 8, 2008

Care About Your Story

“...nothing can be made to be of interest to the reader that was not first of vital concern to the writer.” -- John Gardner in The Art of Fiction
I’ve written a few stories based on topics I thought I was passionate about. It turned out my concern wasn’t deep enough, or I was fooling myself into thinking I cared. Reading this quote explains why those stories weren’t well received. One story I won’t write is the humorous piece that has no point other than to be funny. I’ve read a few of these, and they've had just the opposite affect on me. My story must have a point, and it must be something I care about for me to feel good about what I’ve written.

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