Hitting #1 (I hope…) and striving, always, for #2.
What makes a great book in your world?
This question was posed for me by a reader on my Goodreads page. For me, the best questions are the ones that make me think more deeply about the issues involved. This was a good one:
“What makes a great story/book? There are so many writers out there, but only a few get any acclaim, and some of the best posthumously. It is a herd mentality that snowballs into popularity?”
The questioner is actually asking four separate questions here. 1. What makes a great story? 2. What makes a great book? 3. Why do only a few books get acclaim? 4. Is it a herd mentality that snowballs a book into popularity. I answered them in order–but Number 2 is the one that interests me most.
1. A great story is one which satisfies the question it raises in the beginning. It can be a very subtle question, about love…
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