“The destination is never as important as the journey itself.” -- Noah Lukeman in “Create Complex Characters.” [The Writer’s Guide to Fiction published by The Writer Magazine, 2007]I read stories where it’s obvious the author’s purpose is to write to a specific end. There’s nothing wrong with this as long as the journey through the landscape of the story supports and builds to the end. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. I rejected a story a couple of weeks ago that contained what appeared to be a series of disjointed ideas loosely connected by a single character. It was a perfect example of a story where the means did not justify the end.